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Firefighters knock down blaze at Fresno homeless encampment

Fire at homeless encampment

Fresno firefighters knock down blaze at homeless encampment in Chinatown, near Mariposa Street on Highway 99
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Fresno firefighters knock down blaze at homeless encampment in Chinatown, near Mariposa Street on Highway 99

Fresno firefighters Wednesday knocked down a fire that broke out at a group of tents in the city’s Chinatown, on a strip of land overlooking Highway 99 at Mariposa Street.

Firefighters were called to the area about 7 a.m. by a Fresno police officer who spotted the blaze.

The blaze apparently started as a warming fire started by occupants on the cold, damp day.

Fire spokesman Robert Castillo said no one was injured.

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