Firefighters battle 3-alarm fire in northeast Fresno

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A 3-alarm fire ripped through a northeast Fresno home Monday. More than 40 firefighters battled the flames for hours.

It happened around 6 p.m. at East Essex and North Heather Drives.

“Before you know it fire was just coming up from everywhere,” Dickran Gulesserian said.

Fire Chief Kerri Donis said it started outside the home, when a fence caught fire.

“That crept up close enough with flames to go into the attic, once it gets into the attic it can run the entire attic space unchecked,” Donis said.

“We went into offensive mode at first, realized we needed a change of direction and went into a defensive mode when we realized we could not stop this fire. It was expanding too quickly,” she said.

The house was estimated at 3,400 square feet and was completely destroyed.

“We’re looking at a total loss here plus furnishings a car. Just a rough estimate is around $800,000 or more,” Donis said.

Gulesserian said the house belongs to a young couple with a toddler and newborn baby.

“Imagine having young kids, and everything is in there. The pictures, the clothing, everything,” he said.

The family was home, and everyone got out safely.

Gulesserian said the neighborhood will come together to help the young couple. Fire investigators are still looking into what started the fire on the fence in the first place.

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