The cause of an early morning fire Sunday at a vacant Dundee house is under investigation.
Neighbors reported hearing a loud boom and then saw the porch engulfed in flames near 49th and Cuming just before 5 a.m.
“The dog growled, then barked, we heard a noise outside and then boom,” said neighbor Bob Neve. “My wife said, did you hear that? So I said yeah. We came out here, turned this way and from that far away. The heat was so much we had to turn away because it was so hot."
It took about 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze. The biggest challenge was the weather. “With the cold and ice, conditions created a slipping hazard for firefighters outside said OFD Battalion Chief Keith Main. "A few of them fell down. No injuries at this time. We just had to throw some sand down and use some caution."
Neighbors say the home had been condemned for months and they may know what started the fire. “Probably was an M80 or fireworks of some kind,” said Neve, who’s heard kids lighting off fireworks in the neighborhood recently.
Whether it was fireworks or something else Neve said vacant homes in neighborhoods can cause an issue, leaving an open playground for trouble.
Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Arson Hotline at 444-FIRE.