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Herkimer Street fire causes $195,000 in damages to two homes

A Thursday morning blaze on the city’s West Side caused $195,000 in damages to two homes.

Firefighters were called to a 2½-story home at 17 Herkimer St. at about 11:25 a.m. The fire spread next door to 15 Herkimer.

Damage to the home at 17 Herkimer, where the blaze began, was pegged at $75,000, while the neighboring home sustained $120,000 in damages.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

People inside the homes managed to escape and no injuries were reported. A dog was rescued from one of the burning houses and firefighters were seen giving the animal oxygen.