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Fire Damages Abandoned House

El Centro Firefighters responded to a structure fire at about 9:30 Saturday morning.

An abandoned house in the 1000 block of El Centro Avenue was burning when firefighters arrived. A second alarm was issued for all available ECFD personnel and mutual aid from Imperial. The fire moved down a wood fence and engulfed another structure at the back of the property. Both structures were extensively damaged but flames were kept from nearby homes. The fire was reported to authorities by vagrants who were squatting in a neighboring abandoned house. No injuries were reproted. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.