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Fire crews battle fire at same house twice in 12 hours

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) - A home is destroyed after fire broke out for the second time in less than 12 hours Monday morning. 

Fire crews first responded to the home in the 2300 block of Rolling Meadows Lane around 5 p.m. Sunday. 

Smoke and flames caused damage to the roof of the home before firefighters could get it out, but they kept it mostly contained. Crews stayed to keep an eye on the home until close to 11:30 p.m. Sunday. 

Around 3 a.m. Monday, neighbors heard and smelled the home next door burning once again. 

Fire crews responded in a few minutes. This time, the home was engulfed by the time firefighters got there. 

"It was all so surreal," said Lonnie Nunez, the homeowner. "We tried to save the house and now it's burning again and so it was hopeless then."

Crews attacked the fire from multiple angles to get the it under control. They used two ladder trucks to spray from above - one on the front, and one on the back of the home. 

More than a dozen firefighters also helped fight the blaze from the ground with hoses. 

It took crews about 20 minutes to get the fire under control, but it continued to smoke and smolder for several hours while crews continued to spray it down. 

The home appears to be a total loss, according to fire officials. 

It's not clear what caused the initial fire, but fire officials said the second fire is believed to have rekindled from the first. 

Fire officials explained that they tried to salvage as much of the home as possible during the first fire. As a result, hot embers might have been hiding in a part of the home that they did not expose in an effort to reduce initial damage. They believe one of those embers eventually got hot enough and spread, causing the fire to flare back up.

A home next door sustained some minor damage to the siding.

Nobody was hurt in either fire.

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