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      South Toledo residents upset by vacant house fires

      Residents on Harding Street in South Toledo are on edge after an overnight fire destryoyed three vacant houses. Crews responded to the 1000 block of Harding Street at 1:43 a.m. One house was completely engulfed in flames. Those flames eventually ensnared two adjacent vacant houses. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to occupied homes. Resident Lilia Gartee watched as crews battled the blaze. "I think it's really getting out of hand because I have small children and I have two abandoned houses next door to my house and I am worried that someone will set fire to them and it will end up getting my house with me and my children in it," Ms. Gartee said.

      Lt. Matthew Hertzfeld of the Toledo Fire Department says the cause of the fire remains under investigation. No civilians or firefighters were injured.

      Zandra Perry lives three doors down from the fires. She has lived on the block her entire life. "There are 11 houses that have burned down; we're used to it," Ms. Perry said.