A house west of Fresno State was heavily damaged by fire early Monday evening.
According to Fresno fire deputy chief Rich Cabral, the fire was reported shortly after 6 p.m. at the home in the northeast corner of Browning Avenue and Sixth Street. The first-arriving engine, he said, discovered the garage engulfed in flames. He added the fire had spread into the attic.
Cabral said there were five adults in the home when the blaze was discovered. One of them had a feeling something was wrong and decided to check, he said. When the occupant opened the door between the house and the garage, she discovered the garage on fire. All the occupants then fled to safety and weren’t hurt. Two dogs also got out unharmed.
“It took the equivalent of a third alarm to control this fire, due to the difficulty of accessing it and today’s heat,” Cabral said. Fire crews from across the city responded to the scene to fight the fire.
Cabral said fire investigators think the fire started in a car parked inside the garage. He also said there were smoke detectors in the house, but they weren’t activated due to where the fire started.
This was the second major blaze near Fresno State on Monday. Earlier in the afternoon, the fire department responded to an apartment fire at 4585 East Sierra Madre Avenue, a block south of campus.