Fire causes thousands in damages to Romain Center in Fresno

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A New Year’s Day fire caused major damage to the Romain Neighborhood Center in central Fresno, Fresno firefighters confirmed.

The Romain Neighborhood Center belongs to the city of Fresno and offers a variety of programs and activities to the public. It includes a playground, skate park, pool, basketball court, and more.

Fire first ignited on the exterior of the building just after 3 a.m. Tuesday and traveled inside. It took about 20 to 30 minutes to bring under control, said Fresno Fire Spokesman Robert Castillo.

The building is left with no power and damages are estimated at $100,000.

According to Castillo, the facility is often used for youth programs and other community activities. It was unclear when the center might be able to reopen.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Marilyn Castaneda: 559-441-6087, @MarilynCast98