Fresno high-speed rail property erupts in flames just two weeks before demolition

Local News
February 07 2021 03:30 pm

A building set to be torn down by the California High-Speed Rail Authority is now barely standing after erupting in flames Friday night.

In downtown Fresno at Church Avenue and G Street, a previously occupied Alert-O-Lite building caught fire, sending flames through the roof, according to Fresno Fire Capt. Koby Jones.

The first report of the fire came in around 6 p.m., and Jones said it was under control in less than 20 minutes.

Although the cause remains under investigation, he believes it was caused by a human, possibly transient. Utilities were not active in the building, ruling out the chance it was sparked by power or gas lines, he adds.

As for the building’s future, Jones expects the rail authority will fence off the property to protect the public, and expedite the demolition.

There were no injuries reported.

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