NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – Crews worked to control a fire Monday morning in New Castle that spread to neighboring homes.

The fire started about 6:30 a.m. at a vacant house on the 6000 block of Spruce Street.

Fire Chief Mike Kobbe said the response was quick as the fire began spreading to neighboring homes that were occupied.

Everyone got out safely.

Kobbe said the vacant house is a total loss and the neighboring homes were damaged.

“When we got called, it was originally the house to your right (vacant). When we went in to try and put it out, that’s when the fire spread to the second structure and, unfortunately, it go inside the walls. There was nothing we could do but go in and put it out,” he said.

One home was significantly damaged. The other sustained minor damage, Kobbe said.

It has been a busy few weeks for the New Castle crews. They handled two house fires on Wallace Avenue on Christmas weekend and another on New Year’s weekend. Both were ruled accidental but left significant damage.

Sunday, crews were called twice to the former Days Inn. Kobbe says that fire remains under investigation but is looking to be suspicious.

The cause of the Spruce Street fire is under investigation.