A two-alarm fire in downtown Fresno on Saturday damaged an abandoned manufacturing building and had firefighters carefully navigating the smoky interior, Battalion Chief Tony Escobedo said.
A passerby saw smoke coming out of the building at Tulare and G streets about 4:30 p.m., Escobedo said, and firefighters found the fire on the second floor. He said the three-story building contained most of the smoke and firefighters were rotated every 15 to 20 minutes to help better handle the conditions.
Escobedo said no was injured and the entire building was searched because of signs of homeless encampments. He said while inspecting the building he saw multiple holes in the floor and hallways that could potentially have resulted in a firefighter injury in the smoky interior.
A total of 39 firefighters battled the blaze. Escobedo said as of 6:40 p.m. Tulare and Kern streets were expected to be closed at G and H streets for several hours.
The cause of the fire and cost of the damage was unknown.