3-Alarm Fire Destroys Warehouses

Published 05/02 2014 11:27PM

Updated 05/02 2014 11:28PM

A 3-alarm fire in Fresno Friday destroyed two warehouses at a storage facility.

It broke out on the grounds of the Derrel's Mini Storage located on Clovis Avenue, just south of McKinley.  Crews began to fight the fire around 11:30 am and had it contained by 3:30 pm.

Fresno firefighters supplied us with helmet cam video of them racing to the scene.  The dark columns of smoke in the sky made it easy to find.  The 3-alarm blaze dispatched nearly six dozen firefighters.  Once there, they from every angle to try and gain an upper hand.

"It was a tough fire to fight from the beginning because there were power lines down and there were also things exploding inside the warehouse," said Captain Brad Driscoll of the Fresno Fire Dept.

The Fresno County Sheriff's helicopter grabbed an aerial view for us.  Down below, the two steel buildings on the grounds of the old winery reduced to what looks like hot coals in a fire place.
Right now, nobody knows what caused this fire.

"We'll take our time determining that," said Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis.

Firefighters had more to worry about than debris crumbling on top of them. The temperature outside was creeping up to the 97° mark, which solidified our the hottest day of the year.

"We're switching them out.  We have volunteers with CERT out here giving them water and snacks.  We're trying to keep them hydrated and then they are rotating back into work," said Capt. Driscol.
Sean Hayden was one of the dozen renters impacted by the blaze.

"It's devastating.  Everything we have, everything we store is in there," said Sean Hayden, a renter.
Inside his 5,000 square foot storage unit were an RV, a 27 ft. boat and a couple of trailers.

"If we didn't have bad luck we wouldn't have luck at all," said Hayden.

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