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Four-alarm blaze at Blackstone Avenue business requires 11 engines, extra firefighters

Firefighters respond to blaze near Blackstone and Ashlan avenues

Fresno Fire responded with 11 engines to a four-alarm fire at BC Outlet, a furniture store near Blackstone and Ashlan avenues, on Monday night, June 17, 2019.
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Fresno Fire responded with 11 engines to a four-alarm fire at BC Outlet, a furniture store near Blackstone and Ashlan avenues, on Monday night, June 17, 2019.

Two businesses were damaged during a four-alarm fire that forced authorities to call in off-duty firefighters to help contain the large blaze.

Firefighters rushed to BC Outlet home goods and furniture store on in the 4200 block of North Blackstone Avenue. The fire was reported around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Flames spread to the nearby Kelly-Moore Paint, according to Deputy Chief Rich Cabral.

Eleven engines were called to the scene, forcing the department to call in off-duty firefighters for support.

The heavy smoke and traffic along Blackstone made it difficult for firefighters arriving — as did the heat, which was pushing 90 degrees, Cabral said.

Crews were rotated in for safety, he added.

The bulk of the fire was put out quickly and there wasn’t enough of a threat to warrant an evacuation of the Motel 6 next door, Cabral said.

Cabral said firefighters believe the building’s sprinkler system may not have been operational but said the investigation was still in the early stages.

There was no word on what may have caused the fire or the amount of damage done.

Fire crews remained on scene for several more hours Monday night.

Traffic along Blackstone was flowing freely by 9:45 p.m.

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