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Memphis home once owned by Elvis Presley damaged by fire

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A home once owned by Elvis Presley in the 1950’s as he was skyrocketing to fame was damaged by fire Saturday.

Memphis firefighters continue to monitor hot spots after battling a fire at Elvis Presley's former home which caught fire Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. Presley purchased the home in 1956. The Commercial Appeal says Rhodes College looks after the house, now owned by music industry veteran and philanthropist Mike Curb. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

Memphis firefighters continue to monitor hot spots after battling a fire at Elvis Presley’s former home which caught fire Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (Jim Weber/The Commercial Appeal via AP/ Manila Bulletin)

The Commercial Appeal reports the Memphis home was unoccupied and undergoing renovations.

Memphis Fire Lt. Wayne Cooke didn’t have a damage estimate. He says the electrical fire started in the wall between the living room and dining room. He says firefighters responded just after 7:30 a.m. CDT and the fire was under control about 20 minutes later.

Presley purchased the home in 1956. He lived there just over a year as he skyrocketed to fame, appearing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and recording “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

The newspaper says Rhodes College looks after the house, now owned by music industry veteran and philanthropist Mike Curb.

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