A vacant house on the 1800 block of Niagara Avenue that caught fire in late July ignited in flames again Thursday afternoon after a neighbor heard two popping noises in the building.

Police and firefighters were called to the scene at 4:52 p.m. and evacuated residents from a neighboring house because of high flames that were whipping the side of the nearby home, police said.

A resident reported hearing popping noises before the flames started, police said.

More than two dozen residents watched as firefighters doused flames in the attic of the green, two-story house with water shortly after 5 p.m.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Thursday night, the Fire Department reported.

Gloria Sylvester, who has lived across the street from the vacant house for four years, said the building was never boarded up after the first fire. She said the house has been vacant for years and had been sold at one point by auction.

“They need to tear it down,” Sylvester said. “It was already a piece of junk.”

According to fire records, a firefighter sustained a minor injury fighting a fire at the house on July 26 after he fell through one of several holes found in the floor of the building.

North Avenue resident Patti Richter, who had stopped to watch the firefighters Thursday, worried that such derelict structures in the area could pose a danger to area residents.

“They need to get rid of these vacant houses,” Richter said.

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