Firefighters battling large fire near Highway 99 in Fresno

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FRESNO, California. (KSEE/KGPE) – Firefighters are now working to contain a large fire that broke out in a building near downtown Fresno on Saturday evening.

Around 6:00 p.m., firefighters were called out to the area of the Highway 180 and Highway 99 interchange after it was reported that something was on fire nearby.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire coming from the back half of a two-section industrial building on Thorne and Napa avenues, just north of the 180.

As firefighters tried to confront flames roaring out of the back section of the building, they were blocked by burning power lines that looked like they were about to fall onto the ground.

A photo of the fire burning near Thorne and Napa avenues in Fresno. (Photo: Xavier Uriarte)

Crews entered through the front half instead and were able to save that section of the building, along with everything that was stored inside of it.

Firefighters aren’t sure what the back section of the building where the fire broke out is used for but say some heavy-duty equipment stored there was destroyed.

Several explosions were heard shortly after the fire started, which officials say they believe were caused by burning propane tanks.

At least 50 firefighters, 3/4th of the city’s resources, were called out to help extinguish the fire.

Firefighters are expected to be in the area for the next several hours until the fire is contained.

Authorities say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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