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Abandoned Merced fourplex consumed by fire. Nearby house damaged

Merced fourplex apartment complex destroyed by fire

A fourplex apartment building in Merced was totally destroyed by a fire on Friday afternoon, according to Merced Fire Department. The fire broke out near G and W. 20th streets after 2 p.m., and no injuries were reported.
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A fourplex apartment building in Merced was totally destroyed by a fire on Friday afternoon, according to Merced Fire Department. The fire broke out near G and W. 20th streets after 2 p.m., and no injuries were reported.

A fourplex apartment building in Merced was totally destroyed by a fire on Friday afternoon, according to Merced Fire Department.

The fire broke out near G and W. 20th streets after 2 p.m., and no injuries were reported.

Battalion Chief Billy Alcorn said the complex was vacant, and there had been numerous fires at the same location previously. “It’s a total loss,” he said.

The last fire at the same building took place about two months ago, said Casey Wilson, deputy fire chief.

Friday’s fire spread to a house behind the fourplex, and located on 7 W. 20th Street, causing minor to moderate exterior fire damage, Alcorn said. There is yet no estimate on those damages at this point.

Four engines and one ladder truck responded to the scene of the fire, for a total of about 18 personnel. City’s water personnel, code enforcement officials and Merced police also responded to the scene, Wilson said.

The fire was reported at 2:05 p.m., and firefighters arrived at the location about two minutes later, Wilson said. The fourplex was a two-story building.

Alcorn said there are transient people in the area that tended to use the building.

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