Three fire departments were called in Friday to put down a large warehouse blaze in east-central Fresno near Fresno Yosemite International Airport that snarled traffic and sent huge, black clouds billowing over the city.
The fire started about 11:30 a.m. Firefighters took a defensive stance early on when ammunition began exploding inside one of the burning storage pods.
Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis said her department was assisted by Clovis Fire Department and the Air Guard fire department.
The fire, which began about 11:30 a.m., spread quickly to a second building. Several walls collapsed a short time later. Firefighters used ladder extensions to pour water onto the towering flames.
About 70 firefighters were involved in the effort. Several sustained minor injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and the amount of damage is being assessed.