Apartment Fire Displaces 33 People


33 people are without a place to live Monday, after a three-alarm fire tore through an apartment complex in Fresno.

The fire happened near the intersection of Marks and Dakota Monday morning. The roof reportedly collapsed on two separate buildings, and fire officials said Monday this was one of the incidents that kept firefighters busy on Memorial Day.

“A lot of smoke, a lot of people wondering if their home was going to get burnt up,” said Jay Rollins, who lives in the complex. The fire reportedly began in a downstairs unit, and quickly spread.

“It got into the attic of the original fire building, and got into an attic of a second building and heavily damaged a second building as well,” said Todd Tuggle, Deputy Chief of the Fresno Fire Department.

According to initial reports, the cause appears to be related to cooking. No one was hurt, but 14 children and 19 adults were displaced. 10 units are now uninhabitable.

The apartment complex fire was but one fire that firefighters had to deal with Monday. As temperatures climbed to the 90s Monday, firefighters also had to battle other fires, such as a grass fire in West Fresno County. Resources were reportedly stretched thin, and at one point, Fresno Fire was forced to suspend medical aide, and call in extra crews.

“We have initiated a recall on Memorial Day, expecting a lot of people to be out of town, but our folks are willing to step up and come in and work,” said Deputy Chief Tuggle.

The Red Cross was called out to the apartment complex to help those displaced. As for Rollins, he said he is happy his unit is safe, knowing it could have ended much worse.

“Maybe think about renters insurance now,” said Rollins.

The estimated cost of the apartment fire is unknown as of Monday afternoon.

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