Downtown Fresno packinghouse still smoking a day after blaze

The Fresno BeeMay 18, 2014 

Fresno firefighters spent Sunday dousing smoldering debris and hot spots under fallen rubble at the old Del Monte building a day after a blaze ripped through a portion of the former downtown packinghouse.

Smoke could still be seen swirling up from the fallen wood and other materials that made up the northern end of the building on G Street, between Tulare and Kern streets. The building's middle and south sections remain standing.

The cause of the fire may never be known, said Battalion Chief Thomas Cope. The goal on Sunday was to make the fallen material stop smoking. Once the fire department is finished, the property will be fenced and the property owner will be responsible for tearing down the rest of the building, Cope said.

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