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Vacant Carrows building in Merced gutted by fire

An early-morning fire at a vacant restaurant caused more than $1 million in damages, the Merced Fire Department reported.
An early-morning fire at a vacant restaurant caused more than $1 million in damages, the Merced Fire Department reported. Merced Fire Department

An early-morning fire at a vacant restaurant caused more than $1 million in damage, the Merced Fire Department reported.

The cause of the fire at the old Carrows Restaurant, at 720 Motel Drive, remained under investigation Monday.

No injuries were reported.

Flames were reported at 1:36 a.m. Monday. Firefighters said large flames and heavy smoke were already pouring out of the building when they arrived.

Firefighters said the building was valued at about $700,000 and the contents at around $450,000.

“The building and contents are a total loss,” firefighters said in a statement.

A total of 13 city firefighters responded and remained on scene for several hours.

Firefighters declared the fire under control just after 7 a.m.

Additional firefighters were called in to assist with other emergency calls during that time.

The diner was closed in February last year, leaving the building vacant.

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