Hickory fire department responds to 2 structure fires within minutes

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HICKORY - Firefighters in Hickory responded to two unrelated fires within minutes of each other on Monday.

The first was at an apartment on 20th Street. The call came in at 1:18 p.m. Investigators say the man who lives there left a cigarette unattended. No major damage was reported.

The second call came in at 1:23 p.m. for a fire at a home on 12th Avenue. Investigators say an electrical short caused that fire.