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8 apartments, 8 vehicles are ‘total loss’ in fire near Fresno State

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14 apartments in all were destroyed, damaged, or otherwise evacuated due to the fire

FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Eight apartments and eight vehicles were completely destroyed in a fire that burned near Fresno State on Sunday.

Firefighters battled the three-alarm apartment fire which broke out just after 7 p.m. at Shaw and Backer avenues.

Fresno Fire Department officials say the fire started in a dumpster that was underneath a wooden carport area and spread to the units at the Maplewood Apartments.

There were eight units and eight vehicles that were a “total loss.” There were 14 apartments in all that were affected by the fire and 10 vehicles.

The Fire Department estimated that there was about $2.5 million in damage, and that’s not including residents’ possessions in the apartments.

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