Five-alarm apartment fire in Fresno injures two people

A five-alarm fire Saturday night at a historic building in Fresno injured two people.

The fire started at 10:45 p.m. on Belmont Avenue and Broadway at the three-story Osage Apartments, Fresno Fire Battalion Chief Brian Price said.

Fire crews received initial reports of people trapped on multiple floors. Firefighters rescued several people from the building.

Price said the two injured were taken to hospital with “significant amounts of burns”. He said they were rescued on the second floor at the north end of the building.

Both people were in stable condition, he said.

The number of displaced people is not known.

Several animals, including a bearded dragon, were also rescued.

The distinctive brick building with towering palm trees in front was built in 1929, according to the local Register of Historic Resources.

Price said it’s not the first time the building has had a fire. In the mid-1980s, a fire damaged the roof.

About 70 firefighters were battling the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but the origin of the fire may have been in the mechanical box area at the rear of the building, Price said.

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Fresno Fire firefighters climb to the roof as they respond to a fire at the historic Osage Apartments building late Saturday night, Oct. 15, 2022 in Fresno. ANTONY GALAVIZ [email protected]

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Fresno Fire responded to a fire at the historic Osage Apartments building late Saturday night, October 15, 2022 in Fresno. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA [email protected]

This story was originally published October 16, 2022 7:18 a.m.

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