The Springfield Fire Department is investigating whether a car fire earlier this morning may be linked to an early morning blaze that destroyed three houses on 4th Street in Springfield.
Fire Chief Ken Fustin says that a car fire on 7th street was reported a few hours before the blaze on 4th street broke out, but investigations have yet to find a connection.
The first house on 4th street collapsed shortly after firefighters arrived at the scene just after 3:30 this morning.
Nine people were displaced from surrounding homes.
The other two homes involved in the fire were also a total loss.
Fustin says that there are no reports of injuries at this time and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Picture of fully involved fire taken by Nathan Paul Frey