Exploding ammo in burning house near Sanger

The Fresno BeeFebruary 4, 2014 

A fire near Sanger on Tuesday caused significant damage to a house and created a danger to firefighters when ammunition inside the home began exploding, said Fresno County Cal Fire spokesman Capt. Ryan Michaels.

The blaze started about 12:30 p.m. and fully engulfed the attic of the home on Oliver Avenue, just north of Kings Canyon Road.

No one was injured by the blaze, although exploding ammunition and falling roof tiles created hazards for firefighters, Michaels said. "Major reconstruction" on the house will be needed, he said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

A middle-aged man who lived at the house was not home when the fire started, Michaels said, and is now receiving help from family and friends.

About 30 firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire with eight engines and had the blaze contained shortly after 1 p.m.

Michaels said firefighters didn't hear any working smoke detectors when they arrived, and added that "early detection is the key to get out safely and prevent extensive damage."

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6386, cgeorge@fresnobee.com or @CarmenGeorge on Twitter.

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