Southeast Fresno apartment fire displaces six families

The Fresno BeeApril 25, 2014 

Six families were displaced by an apartment fire in southeast Fresno on Thursday night.

Firefighters responded to the fire on the 500 block of South Chestnut Avenue near the Fresno Fairgrounds around 9:45 p.m., Battalion Chief Todd Tuggle of the Fresno Fire Department said. Firefighters confined the blaze to the attic.

The six displaced families found lodging with the help of the apartment's property manager and Red Cross, Tuggle said.

"Initial reports from family stated that they were sleeping at the time of the fire," Tuggle said. "This fact provides ample reminder for the importance of smoke detectors in homes and the importance of calling 911 early to limit the damage fire can cause to structures."

Firefighters took time to remove undamaged items from the damaged apartment units downstairs to help those affected by the fire.

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

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