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Two homes destroyed in early-morning fires
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MONROE - Area firefighters were called to two house fires early Wednesday.

The Juda Fire Department was called to a fire at an abandoned house at about 1:15 a.m. at W4256 Bauman Road.

Green County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Jeff Skatrud said a passing motorist called the 911 center to report seeing flames coming from the building.

The house was a total loss.

Skatrud said detectives from the sheriff's department went to the scene to investigate and the fire has been ruled "suspicious" by the department since no one lived at the residence and there was no electricity to the building.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

A few hours later, Brodhead firefighters responded to a house fire at about 5:15 a.m. at W4039 Golf Lane, near the Decatur Lake Golf Course.

Skatrud said a sheriff's deputy saw flames coming from the roof of a home near the chimney. Skatrud said the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System was activated and Brodhead received assistance from other fire departments, including Albany, Juda and Orfordville.

Brodhead Fire Chief Jay Bohan said both occupants of the home were able to exit the house.

He said the chimney fire left the home a total loss. The house is owned by Carl Brown.

Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours, Bohan said.

The cause of the fire and extent of damages are not yet known.