Fireworks spark Fourth of July blaze in vacant lot north of Easton

The Fresno BeeJuly 4, 2014 

Fireworks sparked the massive blaze that broke out late Friday near a rural neighborhood north of Easton, Cal Fire officials said.

Firefighters concluded their work early Saturday morning on the blaze that destroyed three acres in the 500 block of East Britten Avenue, just east of Cherry Avenue and south of Central Avenue, Cal Fire spokesman Ryan Michaels said.

The fire started just after 10 p.m. in an empty fenced-in lot at the far east side of the neighborhood. At least 10 engines from Cal Fire and neighboring departments worked to protect several homes that could have been in danger, Michaels said.

No homes or structures were damaged in the fire, which burned mostly debris, Michaels said. The estimated damage was only about $1,000, but at least $300,000 worth of property was saved from the flames, he said.

Just last month, fire destroyed a mobile home and damaged two other homes in the area.

The empty lot is lower than the area around it, and ladder trucks dropped water on the fire.

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