A central Fresno house fire early Thursday morning sent one person to the hospital and caused $100,000 in damages, said Pete Martinez, spokesman for the Fresno Fire Department.
The fire was reported about 5:30 a.m. on the 3400 block of East Donner Avenue, just south of Gettysburg Avenue and east of Rotary Sports Center. Three adults were able to safely evacuate before firefighters arrived. One of the men was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Martinez said he was conscious and able to speak with fire investigators Thursday.
The family was assisted by the American Red Cross. Martinez said the blaze destroyed a bedroom where the fire is believed to have started and caused smoke damage throughout the single-story home. The cause of the fire is undetermined.
Firefighters arrived within four minutes of being dispatched and found heavy smoke and fire upon arrival, Martinez said. A total of 18 firefighters got the fire under control within 20 minutes.
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Martinez said the family was “very fortunate” to make it out safely because there was no working smoke detectors in the home. He said one of the family members fortunately was awakened when she heard a loud pop from the growing fire.