Three-alarm fire tears through central Fresno apartment complex

A three-alarm fire that erupted from a downstairs kitchen at an apartment complex in central Fresno displaced nearly 25 people Monday morning, the Fresno Fire Department said.

A kitchen fire grew out of control around 11 a.m. on Memorial Day at a downstairs apartment at 3328 N. Marks Ave., between Dakota and Weber avenues.

Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Todd Tuggle said that the blaze quickly spread to the adjoining upstairs unit and on to four other units, displacing about 25 people before it was finally extinguished.

A total of 13 trucks were working on scene, and there was extensive damage to the property.

At one point, Fresno Fire Department crews were stretched so thin due to atwo-alarm vegetation fire near North and Muscat avenues that nearly all of their trucks were in use, Tuggle said.

No one was hurt in either fire, he added.

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