Central Fresno fire damages garage, threatens family of 10

The Fresno BeeMarch 16, 2014 

A fire that started outside of the carport of a home in central Fresno Sunday afternoon caused about $50,000 in damage and initially threatened a family of 10, including six children.

Firefighters were called to a residential fire near First Street and Home Avenue around 2 p.m, Battalion Chief Tony Escobedo said.

When fire crews arrived heavy black smoke was coming from the carport, and the blaze spread to a detached garage, next to the home. Crews were able to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading to the home, where four adults and six children live, Escobedo said.

The initial report indicated there was a girl, about 12 years old, trapped inside the home. Firefighters had to stop the parents from entering the home.

"We went into rescue mode," Escobedo said. "Not only did we hold the adults back but confirmed that the girl was not inside the house."

Everyone evacuated before crews arrived and there were no reports of injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters found numerous chemical containers in the garage, which may be a factor in the cause, Escobedo said.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6659, daguilera@fresnobee.com or @DianaT_Aguilera on Twitter.

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