Visalia firefighters battle two blazes early Sunday

The Fresno BeeJune 1, 2014 

Visalia Fire Department battled two unrelated fires in the early morning hours Sunday.

The first blaze was a two-alarm condo fire reported about 1 a.m. at 4715 W. School Ave. When firefighters arrived, heavy flames were spreading quickly to units on either side of the main building on fire, Visalia Fire Department Battalion Chief Darrin Hughes reported.

Out of the six condos, one was a total loss and three others sustained moderate heat and smoke damage, causing about $320,000 in damage, Hughes said.

Residents of two units weren't home at the time of the fire, and all other residents were able to escape with no injuries. One pet dog died in the fire. A total of 20 residents were displaced, and two families requested assistance from the American Red Cross.

Meanwhile, firefighters were called to a second residential fire in north Visalia at 1401 N. Divisadero St. right before 4 a.m. When firefighters arrived, heavy fire was coming from the home and threatened other nearby structures.

The home was a total loss with estimated damages at about $120,000, Hughes said.

Both fires are under investigation.

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