Two Fresno fires, one dead, three displaced

Cause of fire under investigation, both homes total loss

Fresno, Calif -
A 74-year-old man is dead and three others displaced after two separate Fresno fires broke out early Thursday morning.

One happened on the 5500 block of west Chennault Avenue, the other on the 2500 block of Rialto Avenue.

Authorities say both houses are considered a total loss.

Neighbors on Rialto Avenue are still in disbelief that 74-year-old Robert Machado died in the fire.

"I was pretty shocked that it was our neighbor and he passed away," says Silvia Rodriguez, Neighbor.

At two alarm residential fire a woman made it out and was sent to the hospital.

Rodriguez says Machado was a good neighbor who used to sit on the porch in the summer time and speak to everyone

"He was a great person," says Rodriguez.

It took 33 fire personnel to put out the fire.

"The fire possibly originated in the center of the home which looks to be like a  living room area," says Brian Downs, Fire Scene Investigator. 

Later that morning another two alarm fire happened on Chennault and Wheeler Avenues around 4:30.

It took eight apparatuses and 27 firefighters to put it out.

The two people in the house made it out safe, were treated for smoke inhalation and are now displaced.

Rodriguez says both fires are a wakeup call.

"I just hope people really realize how important it is that your smoke alarm is working," says Rodriguez.

The cause of both fires are still under investigation.

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