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Fire Burns Vacant Building on HSR Property in South Fresno



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A fire burned a vacant building on a plot of land owned by the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
Black smoke could be seen for miles — especially around highways 99 and 41 — when the fire started around 1 p.m.

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CHSRA owns the plot of land on South Cedar Avenue between Central and Muscat. A spokeswoman said the land is excess property and currently unused.
Neighboring businesses said the building has been abandoned for years.

Fire Crews Respond

Several units from the Fresno city and county fire departments responded, with the CHP stopping traffic on Cedar.
The Fresno fire department said the fire erupted in a vacant commercial structure. There were no reports of any injury, or details on how the fire started.


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