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Fire damages Merced home for sale

An unoccupied home that was for sale on Iroquois Street in Merced was heavily damaged in a fire the morning of Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.
An unoccupied home that was for sale on Iroquois Street in Merced was heavily damaged in a fire the morning of Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. bcalix@mercedsunstar.com

An unoccupied home that was for sale was heavily damaged in a fire early Thursday morning.

Firefighters responded to the home at 474 Iroquois St. about 5:45 a.m. after a neighbor reported flames coming from the back of it. When firefighters arrived, the home was heavily involved in the fire, said Modesto Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeremy Franklin.

The fire damaged both floors of the two-story home, including the garage. Franklin estimated the damage at $150,000.

The home is listed on Zillow for $127,000 and had a pending offer. The home originally was listed for $148,000 in June.

Five fire units responded to the blaze for a total of 16 firefighters, Franklin said.

Firefighters are investigating the cause and origin of the fire.

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