Three fires in less than a year; residents demand Fresno County takes action

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FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – After three fires at the same home in less than a year, residents of one southeast Fresno neighborhood say nothing is being done to stop it from happening again.

The latest fire at the vacant house on Harvey and Winery Avenues started Tuesday afternoon. Crews said that the fire began in a pile of trash behind the home.

“I have requested code enforcement to come out and see what we can do about this property. It is becoming an issue for us at this particular location,” said Batallion Chief Devin McGuire.

Homeless activity has been reported in the neighborhood before. Even though the home has been reduced to almost rubble, residents have reported people continuing to visit the site.

“The two previous fires demolished the home so right now it just appears to be a large amount of trash in the backyard that keeps getting ignited,” added McGuire.

Aracely Armenta has lived in the area since April. She said calls to officials go unanswered.

“The county doesn’t do anything about it. The city isn’t doing anything about it. In the meantime, I’m going to end up losing everything.”

In a statement, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said that the former owner of the property is out of state and signed it over to Fresno County in May. The property is currently in escrow.

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