Firefighters watch as the remains of a vacant home at 3003 Burnside Ave. continue to burn 12 hours after the home caught fire.

A vacant house was destroyed in a late-night fire Friday in St. Joseph.

The fire at 3003 Burnside Ave. also damaged homes to the north and south of the building.

Fire Inspector Rob Blizzard said the St. Joseph Fire Department received the call just before midnight.

Blizzard said two people suffered minor injuries because of the blaze.

"One was from the home on the north side, she was having chest pains, you know, the excitement of having a fire and getting out," Blizzard said. "The other one was moving a vehicle out of the driveway on the south side and had some minor burns to his left forearm."

The victim from the north home was treated on the scene by an ambulance; the other refused treatment.

The home to the south of the fire received damage to its siding and a broken window.

Blizzard said the home to the north was closer to the blaze and took heavier damage, including the interior.

The Red Cross was called to assist the family. The fire inspector said the damage to the home was bad enough that the family could not stay in it.

The rubble of the vacant home was still burning into Saturday afternoon and firefighters continued to check on the scene periodically.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Brendan Welch can be reached at brendan.welch@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPWelch.

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Lets just say, hope there's a real investigation about this fire. I'm hearing that many were amazed at how fast the entire house became engulfed. There were no utilities connected to it.

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