Dozens of firefighters battle commercial fire in Central Fresno


The Fresno Fire Department battled a two-alarm blaze that consumed a building in central Fresno Saturday evening.

Units first responded after 7 p.m., in the area of Palm and Belmont avenues.

Battalion Chief Todd Tuggle said in total, nine engines and four trucks responded to the incident. Crews were able to extinguish the fire in less than an hour.

The building ended up being a total loss, it was up for sale by its owner. There was no one inside the building at the time of the fire, but there was equipment and other materials inside. It’s not known what those items were.

Power lines were burned through, causing a safety hazard for crews for some time. PG&E crews were on-scene to deactivate them.

There is an ongoing investigation to determine what exactly started the fire.

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