LINDEN, NJ -- Scotch Plains firefighters responding to aid Linden late last night and were dispatched to a second structure fire in the city. Responding companies were Scotch Plains, Garwood, Clark, and Cranford.

Authories are investigating a series of "suspicious" fires that broke out overnight on Thursday in Linden, according to a statement released by the Linden Police Department. The first calls came in at about 10:00 p.m., with reports of a fire at 809 N. Wood Avenue. The Linden Fire Department and mutual aid units quickly arrived on scene and battled the two-alarm blaze.

Residents from a neighboring building were evacuated due to their proximity to the fire, however, no injuries were reported.

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About 30 minutes later, a second fire was reported in an empty home on the 900 block of Seymour Avenue. The two-alarm fire severely damaged the home before it was brought under control, but no injuries were reported.

Residents from a neighboring home were displaced by the fire; those residents were relocated with assistance from the American Red Cross.

Overall, there were six fires in Linden last night between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and midnight, according to the Scotch Plains Fire Department.

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