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$5,000 Reward Offered In Worcester Fire Probe

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The fire broke out on Merrick Street just before 4 a.m. (Photo courtesy: Matt Gregoire)

The fire broke out on Merrick Street just before 4 a.m. (Photo courtesy: Matt Gregoire)

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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Investigators are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in a suspicious fire that destroyed a home under renovation in Worcester and left three others uninhabitable.

The four-alarm blaze first reported at about 4 a.m. Tuesday damaged seven buildings in all, but no tenants were hurt.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Arson investigators believe the blaze started at 20 Merrick Street, a three-story home that was being restored. It was destroyed.

Three nearby multi-unit homes have been boarded up and condemned.

Flames also damaged several vehicles parked in driveways.

The Red Cross is helping displaced families.

The cause remains under investigation.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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