LOWELL -- Dry conditions helped spark a pair of housefires in Lowell on Sunday, but alert neighbors and firefighters teamed up to ensure neither fire caused injuries or left anyone homeless.
The first blaze was at 19 Court St., about 1 p.m., where neighbors spotted a fire outside a home that quickly spread to the home's siding.
Deputy Fire Chief John Mulligan said no one was home in the house, but neighbors saw it, called 911, and put much of it out themselves before firefighters arrived.
Firefighters arrived and kept the blaze from causing any significant damage inside the home. All residents were able to return to their home once the fire was out.
The second blaze began as a fire on the front porch of 81 Elene St., but quickly spread to a roof over the porch.
That blaze damaged part of the home's kitchen, but firefighters were able to stop it. Residents returned to their home once the blaze was out.
Mulligan said it appears that careless disposal of smoking materials caused the blaze on Elene Street.
The cause of the Court Street blaze remains under investigation, but Mulligan said it appears it may have been started when sunlight reflected off glass heated up dry vegetation against the side of the house.