Fresno firefighters were busy Saturday morning with three fires — the first affecting four businesses within a strip mall in northeast Fresno.
That fire occurred about 7:15 a.m. along Cedar Avenue near Herndon Avenue and caused $20,000 in damage to five units, Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Larry French said. French said four of those units were occupied by a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop, Shenanigans pub, Mike’s Grill and a taqueria. One of the businesses, which wasn’t named, will not be able to continue operating immediately, he said. While fire was found near the electrical panel, French said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The second fire about 10:15 a.m. on the 4300 block of North Holt Avenue in central Fresno burned a boarding care facility. A smoldering fire in the attic displaced five people with limited mobility and handicap issues, who were assisted by the American Red Cross, French said. The cause is believed to be electrical in nature and caused up to $5,000 in damage.
The third morning fire, in southeast Fresno, was confined to a large commercial powder coating oven about 10 feet by 20 feet, said Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Ron Stogdell. The blaze was reported around 9:30 a.m. within an industrial manufacturing business at California and Parallel avenues. The cause of the fire wasn’t known.