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Fire guts commercial building in south Fresno

Fire lights up late-night scene along Highway 99

Fresno firefighters battled a blaze, reported just before 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in what appeared to be an abandoned warehouse on the southeast corner of Jensen Avenue and Golden State Boulevard off Highway 99.
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Fresno firefighters battled a blaze, reported just before 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in what appeared to be an abandoned warehouse on the southeast corner of Jensen Avenue and Golden State Boulevard off Highway 99.

Fresno firefighters battled a blaze Friday night that completely destroyed a commercial building in south Fresno.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation Saturday. Fresno fire spokesman Hector Vasquez said 31 firefighters and some Fresno County firefighters were called out to battle the blaze. At first there were fears of dangerous chemicals inside the building, but that alert was later canceled when none were found, Vasquez said. It’s unknown if the building was abandoned or in use, he added.

It took firefighters about an hour to contain the fire, which started just before 11 p.m. on the southeast corner of Jensen Avenue and Golden State Boulevard.

At least five fire trucks and two Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews were on scene, as well as many law enforcement officers.

California Highway Patrol officers said they were warned to stay back because power lines were at risk of falling.

Early on, access to a water source appeared to be an issue for firefighters.

The building is just east of many fast-food restaurants and three motels at the Jensen/Highway 99 interchange. No injuries were reported in the fire.

Staff writer Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado contributed to this story. Jessica Johnson: 559-441-6051, @iamjesslj

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