Fire rips through industrial warehouse in southeast Fresno

A fire broke out in warehouse in southeast Fresno, burning through the building as Fresno’s skies cleared Friday night after earlier storms.

The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. near Church and Railroad avenues.

It’s unknown what started the fire, Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Lawrence French said. However, the building didn’t have any power, so “something caused the fire.”

Firefighters flooded already wet streets as they battled the blaze.

Two transient people were in the building when the fire started, but they weren’t injured.

“Fresno (police) actually detained the individuals for questioning, and right now our investigators are asking them questions,” French said.

Firefighters have battled two to three fires in the area in the last six months, French said.

The building, which sustained heavy damage from the fire, was already scheduled to be demolished for California’s high-speed rail project, French said.