Home under construction ravaged by fire, complete loss


A home under construction in West Fresno is a complete loss after a fire engulfed it Sunday night. The fire also damaged a neighboring structure.

The fire happened right by Polk and Hammon. Thomas Cope, a battalion chief with the Fresno Fire Department, said crews were notified of the fire at 9:05 p.m.

When crews arrived, Cope said the building had already been consumed by flames. The exposed wood let a lot of oxygen get in to help fan and spread the flames.

Seeing the fire start to burn the other building, the objective became protecting it. A large amount of the fire was knocked out with the master stream from the top of the fire engine.

Once it was put out, it was clear the damage to the building it started in was beyond repair.

“I expected that the building of origin is going to get knocked down and rebuilt,” said Cope. “We saved enough [of the other building] to warrant a little bit of repair. We protected that structure successfully.”

The building has no electricity running through it. The property itself is not secured with anything like a fence.

Investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of the fire.

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