Fire, explosions in ag building near Caruthers causes $350k damage

The Fresno BeeApril 2, 2014 

A fire that engulfed a large agricultural storage building west of Caruthers on Wednesday included multiple explosions as ammunition and propane tanks inside the building ignited, said Capt. Ryan Michaels with California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection/Fresno County Fire Department.

The fire started just after 9 a.m. near the intersection of Kamm and Chateau Fresno avenues, causing $350,000 worth of damages, Michaels said.

Firefighters couldn't go inside the exploding building because it was too dangerous, but they were able to save about $100,000 worth of structures adjacent to it, he said. There were no homes on the property near the burning building, which was being used to store things like welding and ag equipment.

About 15 firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze, and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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