Firefighters kept busy Saturday when four separate reports of fire, including one at Love Culture at Fashion Fair mall and another started in a stolen vehicle, left some resident displaced.
Firefighters responded to a vehicle fire under a carport in an apartment complex near the 3600 block of North Cedar Avenue, between Shields and Dakota avenues, just after noon Saturday, Fresno fire Capt. Brad Driscoll said.
Driscoll said the fire spread to the exterior of a two-story apartment building, and crews had to break into two homes to make sure no one was inside.
While the bottom apartment was unoccupied, the top residence had one tenant who suffered smoke inhalation, Driscoll said. Officials said the resident was not seriously injured but was displaced because Pacific Gas & Electric Co. cut off utilities in the building.
Authorities said they are unsure what started the fire inside the late model Chevy Suburban or Tahoe SUV. They said the vehicle did not belong to anyone in the complex and was reported stolen in the morning.
Firefighters said they have responded to trash fires at the building before.
Earlier Saturday, a central Fresno apartment became unlivable after fire broke out, Fresno fire spokesman Hector Vasquez said.
Vasquez said the incident happened around 9:10 a.m. on the 2600 block of North Maroa Avenue, west of Highway 41. Witnesses called 911 after they saw flames coming from the roof.
After a half-hour, about 22 firefighters contained the blaze, officials said.
Authorities are unsure how many people will be displaced due to the fire.
Employees at Love Culture near Shaw Avenue and First Street, called firefighters around 2:24 p.m. after they smelled smoke coming from their break room. Officials said an electric problem caused the smoke odor, but there were no flames.
Authorities said another report of smoke coming from a commercial building at First Street and Belmont Avenue ended up being people cooking outside the building.