Three-alarm fire destroys four-unit building at Torrey Ridge Apartments

Officials say a dozen people are displaced after the large fire

FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno Fire crews mopped up a three-alarm apartment fire in Southeast Fresno. It happened at the Torrey Ridge Apartments at Clovis and Tulare Avenue just after 8 P.M. Wednesday.

Officials say the fire is under control. The building has four units inside and is now at a total loss. Fortunately no one was trapped inside when the fire spread. There are no injuries to report. 12 people are displaced including eight adults and four children.

Officials say about 50 personnel worked to contain the three-alarm fire including help from the City of Clovis. Fire fighters used a deck gun to knock down the flames, slowing down the blaze and allowing crews to get head.

"We had resources arriving rather quickly within approximately five minutes of dispatch which allows us to amass a lot of people and a lot of equipment here very fast. That is the difference between stopping it at one building or possibly losing more," said Fresno City Fire Deputy Chief Todd Tuggle.

Tuggle says he believes the fire started on the outside of the building and the cause is still under investigation. The Red Cross and property management are helping displaced residents find a place to stay. Fresno Fire staffed up more engines to make sure the rest of the city stayed safe.


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