A fire destroyed an empty house before sunrise Sunday morning in southeast Fresno, fire spokesman Pete Martinez said.
The call came in at 6:19 a.m. for the house at 681 N. Fisher St. near First Street and Belmont Avenue. When firefighters got on the scene, they found the house fully engulfed by flames.
Firefighters played defense trying to prevent the fire from spreading to additional homes. Neighbors told firefighters that three homeless people had been living in the house, but there was nothing crews could do until the fire was out.
A gas line ruptured and crews waited for Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to shut off the gas, Martinez said.
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Nearly 20 fire personnel were on scene to deal with the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Luckily, firefighters found no bodies in the house.
No injuries were reported.