After a vacant home burned Saturday in the 2100 block of Mead Street, members of the fire investigation task force were called in to investigate.

The fire was reported around 5:45 p.m. Saturday, and crews from South Shore Fire Department and officers from Mount Pleasant Police Department responded in minutes, according to scanner reports from our friends at Racine Uncovered.

Homes and businesses surrounding the burning house were evacuated as a precaution against the blaze spreading.

The mutual aid alarm was pulled less than 30 minutes into the fire. Racine, Caledonia, and Raymond fire departments – along with the Racine Fire Bells – were deployed to the scene to fight the blaze and to staff stations to cover any other calls that might have come in.

Spectators who gathered on sidewalks to watch firefighters knock down the fire were cleared from the area 30 minutes after first responders arrived because the wind shifted, and there was some concern citizens would breath in the smoke.

By 6:54 p.m. – just over an hour after the first 911 calls came into dispatch – the fire was under control.

There were no injuries reported from either civilians, firefighters or police officers.

We will update this story as details become available.

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