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Fire consumes Michigan real estate office

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Three Coldwell Banker brokerage owners and some 40 agents lost most of their files and office equipment Sunday night when a real estate office in Michigan burned to the ground. "We were able to save our listing file and pending sale files and a few other files related to the business itself...but we lost way more than we saved," said David Ebbinghaus, associate broker and office manager of Coldwell Banker Mt. Pleasant Realty. The fire that started around 11 p.m. destroyed the commercial building at 304 East Broadway in downtown Mt. Pleasant, Mich., where the brokerage company was headquartered. Ebbinghaus began calling the agents shortly after he found out about the fire late that night. "I had a call from a friend who heard over the police scanner that the building was on fire. Through the night I tried to contact the rest of our staff," he said. No one was injured in the fire. Local firefighters and police haven't announced what caused it. The brokerage has since moved into t...