Fire Leaves Families Without Homes


Nine people were left without homes after an apartment fire in Visalia Saturday evening.

The Visalia Fire Department said in a statement that they responded to a fire at 5:04 p.m. on the 600 block of S. Garden. They found the two-story apartment building showing fire and smoke on the first and second floor. Several residents escaped the fire by going through a window and onto a carport roof before the fire unit arrived. The fire went into the attic and required fire personnel to attack the fire in both the apartments and attic space.

Neighbors said that there was possibly someone trapped inside a vacant apartment, said fire officials. Visalia Fire aggressively searched the smoke filled apartment but were unable to locate anyone trapped.

It took approximately 30 minutes to get the fire under control, said fire officials. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Those left without homes received temporary housing, food and clothing from the American Red Cross, said fire officials. 

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