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Martinez home damaged in fire

Posted: May 2, 2012 - 1:52pm  |  Updated: May 2, 2012 - 4:02pm
Three people escaped injury when their Martinez rental home burned early Wednesday.  Special
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Three people escaped injury when their Martinez rental home burned early Wednesday.

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A Martinez home received heavy damage in a fire early Wednesday.

The fire broke out shortly after midnight at 213 S. Belair Road, said Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue spokesman Jeremy Wallen in an email.

Firefighters found the rear of the single-story brick rental home in flames, and the home’s three occupants safely outside, Wallen said, adding that one of the residents had been awakened by the fire and alerted the others to escape.

While the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, it appears to have started in an enclosed area on the back porch, Wallen said.

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