Arson is the cause of a fire that destroyed an abandoned preschool in central Fresno early Wednesday morning, the Fresno Fire Department said.
The call came in at 4:40 a.m. for the school at 420 W. Olive Ave., just east of Fruit Avenue. It was changed to a two-alarm fire due to the size of the building, said John Creasy, a spokesman for the Fresno Fire Department.
The blaze began initially as an exterior fire that extended into the attic space. The building was destroyed, with the loss estimated at $200,000.
Firefighters started arriving on scene within four minutes, staffing 10 engines and trucks led by two battalion chiefs.
The investigation continues, and fire officials ask anyone with information to contact investigator Wilding at (559) 621-4000.
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