Grass fires near downtown Fresno called arson (video)

The Fresno BeeMay 25, 2014 

Fresno firefighters contained a large debris fire on Lorena Avenue near downtown Fresno on Sunday evening -- the second fire on the street that day.

Fresno County Fire Battalion Chief Mike Bowman said both fires were arson, and is asking anyone with information to contact Fresno County Fire or law enforcement agencies.

Firefighters from Fresno City Fire and county responded around 3 p.m. to Lorena Avenue and Third Street, where the fire was burning grass and trash in an empty lot, said city Fire Battalion Chief Todd Tuggle.

Tuggle said although the fire was in Fresno County's jurisdiction, it became a "mutual aid fire" and both shared resources in containing the fire by around 7 p.m. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

The first debris fire started around 11 a.m. at the corner of Lorena and Parallel avenues a quarter mile away from the second fire, Tuggle said.

Firefighters were still at the scene around 9:30 p.m. monitoring the fire.


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