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NEW CASTLE (KDKA) — Several fires burned homes overnight in two different parts of New Castle.

The first fire occurred around 12:30 a.m. at a vacant home in the 1400 block of Hamilton Street on New Castle’s South Side. That fire spread to two additional vacant houses.

Heavy snowfall made it difficult for firefighters as they were working to put out the flames.

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Around 2 a.m., another fire broke out in another building on E. Long Avenue at the corner of Grimes Street, just two blocks from the initial fire. Someone was living in that house, but the resident wasn’t there when the fire started.

Police spotted flames coming from second-floor windows and additional fire departments were called in to assist.

Salt trucks were called in to treat the ice that formed around the scene while firefighters fought the fires.

The cause of the fires is unknown at this point.