An early morning fire that started in a garage and then spread to a large house north of Clovis caused $1 million to $1.5 million in damage, a Cal Fire fire official said.
Dozens of firefighters from several agencies battled the intense blaze that broke out at 6:33 a.m. Tuesday, but ran short of water.
The home was in the exclusive Shenandoah Farms development near Shepherd and Fowler avenues. The residence was located at 5910 East Province Ave.
Two adults and six children got out safely. The cause is under investigation.
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Early on, firefighters backed away from the flames and took defensive positions because of the danger.
The fire broke out in the house’s garage and spread quickly to the living area.
Because the area around the house and its neighboring expensive homes is serviced by wells, firefighting was hampered by a lack of water.
There initially was not enough water pressure for firefighters to use ladder trucks to pour water on the blaze until water trucks and the hookups from Clovis hydrants were brought online, according to a Fresno County Fire spokesman.
Water was trucked in from Clovis, Fresno, the Air Guard and other agencies. In addition, firefighters were forced to go several blocks to attach to Clovis city hydrants.
Records indicate the property is owned by Ishkhan Bayrakdarian, a Fresno orthodontist.
According to the real estate website Zillow, the 7,000-square-foot house had five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Zillow estimated its value at $1.7 million.