Fresno Fire crews save family after fire breaks out at vacant property next door

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February 07 2021 03:30 pm

Investigators believe the fire was started by homeless living at the property

A family in Southeast Fresno is trying to salvage what they can after a fire destroyed their home Wednesday night.

The home where investigators say the fire started is completely burned to the ground. The fire also spread next door to a duplex, causing a lot of damage. Two families lived there and everyone made it out without any injuries.

“Unfortunately, this was our home and now we don’t have a place to go or live,” said Isabel Vargas.

Vargas, her husband, and her teenage son were all sleeping when the fire broke out. They say if it wasn’t for Fresno Firefighters breaking down their door to wake and rescue them, they wouldn’t be alive.

Investigators believe the fire was started by homeless people who were living inside.

The city of Fresno encourages people to report suspicious activity at vacant properties to avoid fires and crime.

“If they see a problem at a property they know is vacant and they are seeing activity to notify us and then we can do something about it,” said city spokesperson Mark Standriff.

One way to report the problem to the city is through the free FresGO app.

The Red Cross provided Vargas a place for her family to stay for the next three days but they don’t know their plan afterward.

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