An apartment fire in northwest Fresno left two families without a home Tuesday night, Battalion Chief Casey Clark said.
About 7:25 p.m., firefighters responded to 7010 N. Thorne Ave. for an apartment fire that was found to have started in the kitchen.
“It was well involved,” Clark said about the smoke and flames coming from the residence.
Firefighters located five children and their aunt, who were able to leave the residence safely.
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Clark said the babysitting aunt initially tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher, but it had grown too big.
A family in an apartment next door was not allowed back inside after their gas and electricity were cut off to fight the fire.
Five fire trucks, including two ladder trucks, responded to the fire, which was contained within minutes.
No injuries were reported, but structure damage was estimated at $40,000 and content loss was approximately $10,000, Clark said.
The Red Cross was assisting the families, but Clark said the family living in the apartment where the fire started had options on where to spend the night.