Two-alarm fire damages central Fresno apartment building

The Fresno BeeJune 24, 2014 

A two-alarm fire in central Fresno damaged an apartment building and displaced 10 to 15 residents Tuesday evening, fire officials said.

The fire started around 6 p.m. in a bush outside of the apartment at 4504 N. Sharon Ave., most likely as a result of children playing with lighters or matches, said Battalion Chief Todd Tuggle of the Fresno Fire Department.

The attic of the apartment building was destroyed by the fire that quickly spread up the side of the building.

All four apartments that were affected by the fire are now uninhabitable, displacing about 10 or 15 people, he said. One family was home at the time, occupying the downstairs apartment. No injuries were reported.

"This is the effect of kids playing with matches and lighters. Look what can happen just because someone is goofing off. People are out of their homes now," Tuggle said.

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