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Barn owner was trying to burn yard clippings but the fire blew out of control, firefighters say

Fresno County and Sanger city firefighters responded to a barn fire Wednesday that nearly destroyed the barn. The fire sent heavy dark smoke into the air.
Fresno County and Sanger city firefighters responded to a barn fire Wednesday that nearly destroyed the barn. The fire sent heavy dark smoke into the air.

A barn just outside Sanger was almost completely destroyed by flames Wednesday after the owner’s yard fire blew out of control.

Fresno County Fire spokesman Jeremiah Wittwer said the owner of the barn, in the 3200 block of South Greenwood Avenue just south of the city, was burning yard clippings when the fire got out of control and spread to the barn. Three cars were destroyed and a commercial truck was damaged, Wittwer said.

About 18 firefighters from the Fresno County and Sanger city fire departments responded just before 5 p.m. A photo from the county fire department showed bright orange flames and dark heavy smoke billowing into the sky.

Wittwer said the barn is estimated to be 15,000 square feet. Nearly 75 percent of it was destroyed by the fire.

Fire crews were monitoring hot spots as off 5:30 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado is a general assignment reporter at The Fresno Bee. He grew up in Porterville and has a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Fresno State. He is a former student editor at the Fresno State and Fresno City College newspapers. His hobbies include reading, sleeping, running and taking care of his dog.
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