Fresno city county fire crews battle southeast Fresno warehouse blaze

The Fresno BeeMarch 7, 2014 

About 35 Fresno county and city firefighters put out a smoky blaze at an abandoned warehouse in an unincorporated area of southeast Fresno Friday.

The fire erupted about 2 p.m. at a complex of abandoned structures near Orange and Church avenues, a Fresno County fire spokesman said.

The fire was reported in a yard that once was the Anderson-Clayton Corp. cotton ginning facility. It was next door to the Soex West Textile Recycling yard, where a smoky fire occurred in June 2012.

Current ownership of the 20-to-30-acre property was unknown, said Chris Bump, a Fresno County Fire Protection District battalion chief.

Some of the cubicles are rented, he said, including the one that caught fire on Friday.

"It will take some time to figure out the (property) ownership," he said.

The fire was caused by a man dismantling a semi truck. He was on the scene and explained what happened when firefighters arrived.

The area he was working in measures about 60,000 square feet, Bump said, and the blaze was contained to one long metal building. The buildings are divided by firewall breaks, he said.

In the past, several of the silos have been frequented by homeless people, Bump said.

The fire was contained about 2:30 p.m. and no injuries were reported.

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