BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Bakersfield Fire Department responded to two house fires Monday afternoon in Central Bakersfield.

Two homes in the 700 block of O Street were damaged by flames. As firefighters arrived on scene, the second home started burning. Both homes were boarded up.

While the fire department investigates the cause, at least one neighbor suspects it was transients who had been living there for months.

“Everyone around here looks out for each other. So when we see suspicious people going into boarded houses, yeah it doesn’t make me feel safe or my children,” neighbor Angela Bean said.

it took city firefighters about 25 minutes to put both fires out.