HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – Two homes that caught fire this week will be fast-tracked for demolition.

That is according to Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader who told 13 News on Wednesday that the homes in the 900 block of 14th Street are now being tested for asbestos.

On Tuesday, the abandoned home at 939 14th Street caught fire and spread to the home next door.

Chief Rader says the same home was also the scene of small fires on Jan. 12, 15, and 16.

She believes the fires were set by people without homes.

Back on Aug. 30, 2021, a Huntington firefighter saved a man from the home when it caught fire.

Rader says the home was severely damaged on that day.

She says the fire Tuesday caused significant damage to both homes, prompting the demolition.

Rader says both fires are being investigated.