Two people were injured during a fire that ripped through a home — the second one within days — at 5226 Marboro Drive just after midnight Monday.

Treated on the scene, David and Shalada Bedford suffered non-life-threatening injuries while they were trying to get out of the house. Fire and rescue workers from the Racine Fire Department responded to the fire at 12:05 a.m. after someone called 911, according to a press release by the Racine Fire Department.

Smoke billowed from the basement as firefighters were able to contain the fire.

“The majority of the building sustained heavy smoke damage throughout. The utilities were secured by We Energies and the occupants will be staying with family during this difficult time,” the press release reads.

The fire started in the basement, but the cause is unknown. The estimated loss is $40,000.

This is the second fire firefighters have responded to within several days of each other. The Racine Fire and Racine Police departments were called at 11:15 p.m. on Friday to a report of a garage fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters had to use multiple lines to put out the fire.

The garage fire started near an interior west wall in the garage. The estimated loss is set at $45,000.

The cause of both fires is currently under investigation. Arson is not suspected.


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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.