Fresno firefighters kept busy: bus, house ablaze Sunday

The Fresno BeeApril 14, 2014 

A Fresno city bus on fire -- and a small, abandoned home ablaze later in the night -- kept firefighters busy on Sunday.

Firefighters encountered a few small explosions while working to extinguish the fire that started in the rear engine compartment of a Fresno Area Express bus, parked under a carport at the city corps yard downtown on El Dorado Street, said Koby Johns, spokesman for the Fresno Fire Department. The fire was reported about 5:20 p.m.

The bus fire started accidentally due to a mechanical issue and caused about $150,000 in damages, Johns said. No one was injured.

Later Sunday night, shortly before 11 p.m., firefighters responded to a small, abandoned house ablaze in east-central Fresno, in the area of Hammond and Hedges avenues. In June, a fire broke out in the same home located next to a lumber yard, Johns said.

The small house was destroyed -- a total of about $15,000 in damages, Johns said. The cause of the fire is undetermined, he said.

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