A fire tore through an unoccupied house near downtown Merced late Sunday, the latest in a string of residential fires in the area.
The fire was reported shortly before 8 p.m. at a dwelling on the alley between the 300 block of West 19th and West 18th streets, Merced City Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Horta said.
The 1,000-square-foot home was boarded up and believed to be vacant, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Three engines and a truck responded to the blaze, he said.
The fire is the fourth to occur in the Merced area in less than a week.
“We’ve had a number of fires with alley access in this part of town,” Horta said.
A Merced family was put out of their home on Friday after a fire spread to their property after starting at an unoccupied home next door.
On Wednesday, a fire damaged an apartment building in north Merced, displacing nearly 50 residents. That same day, a grass fire believed to have been sparked by a vehicle destroyed a home where authorities said about 100 marijuana plants had been growing in the backyard.