Two fires spark in city, taking up half of Fresno Fire Department’s resources

Two fires broke out nearly simultaneously in the city Thursday afternoon, stretching the Fresno Fire Department’s resources.

Four people were displaced in a house fire in southeast Fresno that investigators believe was sparked by mechanical work being done on a motorcycle.

Thirty-five firefighters initially responded, but only 24 stayed as the rest went to another fire at the Fresno Roofing Company at Fowler and Olive avenues.

Both fires took up 50 percent of the Fresno Fire Department’s resources and Clovis Fire also responded to assist.

The first fire broke out at Iowa Avenue near Maple Avenue around 4:25 p.m. and engulfed two trailers and one outhouse.

There were initial reports of people trapped inside, but firefighters reported no one was found.

Investigators believe a fuel leak from the motorcycle sparked the flames. There was an explosion at one point that sent debris flying, but no other structures were significantly damaged.

Tulare Avenue was closed until firefighters wrapped up.

The fire at the Fresno Roofing Company burned up paper files in a storage area at the business, according to Deputy Chief Rich Cabral.

Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke but were able to put the fire out before significant damage occurred to the business. Smoke damage is still likely, he said.

No one was injured in the warehouse fire.

Cabral said the two fires caused a significant impact on resources.

A fire in east-central Fresno burned papers in a storage area. It was one of two fires that broke out in Fresno on Thursday afternoon. Ashleigh Panoo

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