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This house fire on Monterey Avenue in Modesto is considered suspicious by investigators. (Modesto Regional Fire Authority)

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Firefighters with the Modesto Regional Fire Authority battled two house fires overnight, starting late Monday night.

The first fire started around 11:26 p.m. on Monterey Avenue. Twenty-two firefighters responded, the MRFA said.

The home on Monterey was vacant. Firefighters say the home was two dangerous to battle the flames from the inside, so they instead adopted a “defensive strategy.” In all, the MRFA says it more than an hour and a half to extinguish the fire.

Investigators are calling the fire on Monterey suspicious. That house had also been on fire in June.

The second fire was less than four hours later on Lucerne Avenue at a detached garage that was converted into a residence. That fire was quickly brought under control, firefighters say.

No one was injured in that fire, though it’s reported to have caused about $2,000 in damage. The cause is under investigation.