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Smoke billows out of a house on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Friday morning in Brunswick.

Fire gutted a vacant house shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, leaving fire crews working hard through noon to extinguish the flames and make sure they did not spread to nearby trees or the neighboring business.

The Brunswick Fire Department dispatched to 1416 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to find the residence fully involved.

Brunswick Police Department officers helped control the scene and redirect traffic as the fire department had to use a fire hydrant across the intersection of MLK Jr. Boulevard and Gloucester Street, running a thick fire hose back to the residence.

Flames broke through the roof and licked the asphalt shingles while firefighters doused the fire downstairs and attempted to control it in the attic.

According to data compiled by Zillow and Home Union, the residence is 1,116 square feet, containing three bedrooms and one bathroom. It was valued between $43,000 and $46,000.

As of 11:30 a.m. it was not known what caused the fire or where in the house it started.

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