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Large fire burns near downtown Merced. Cause remains under investigation

Firefighters respond to structure fire at vacant apartment building

Merced firefighters responded to the scene of a structure fire near the intersection of West 20th Street and G Street in Merced, Calif., on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Fire officials said no injuries were reported.
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Merced firefighters responded to the scene of a structure fire near the intersection of West 20th Street and G Street in Merced, Calif., on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Fire officials said no injuries were reported.

Merced firefighters responded to the scene of a structure fire near the intersection of G Street and West 20th Street in Merced on Wednesday.

According to Battalion Chief Cory Haas, three fire engines and one firetruck responded to the fire in a vacant multi-unit structure located at 7 West 20th Street at 3:51 p.m.

Haas said the structure is one building of a two building apartment complex.

The building was engulfed in flames. Firefighters got the blaze under control at about 4:26 p.m.

Fire officials said they believe the fire may have started on the lower level of the structure in an area of the garage. Officials said they do not have an estimate of damages at this time.

According to Haas, no injuries were reported and Riggs Ambulance Service was on scene monitoring fire personnel.

Haas said the Merced Police Department is following up on the case after it was reported to firefighters that people were seen leaving the area of the fire. The cause of the fire is currently listed as suspicious and it remains under investigation.

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