Watch: Fresno Firefighter helmet cam of Maplewood Apt fire near Fresno State

Watch: Fresno Firefighter helmet cam of Maplewood Apt fire near Fresno State


ALEXAN TONIGHT WE’RE GETTING OUR FIRST INSIDE LOOK INTO THE INFERNO AT THE MAPLE WOOD APARTMENTS. THIS IS HELMET CAM VIDEO FROM ONE OF THE 50 FIREFIGHTERS THAT BATTLED THIS BLAZE THAT STARTED IN A DUMPSTER ALEXAN KSEE 24’S MEDERIOS BABB JOINS US LIVE. AND MEDERIOS MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A PLACE TO GO TONIGHT. MEDERIOS . FOURTEEN APARTMENTS WERE AFFECTED BY THIS FIRE…. EIGHT OF THEM DESTROYED… AS YOU CAN SEE BEHIND THIS FENCE… THERE WERE ALSO EIGHT CARS COMPLETELY BURNT TO A CRISP… THE VALUE OF EVERYTHING LOST IS ABOUT TWO AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS… NATS… A LINE OF FIRE… BURNING CARS ALL IN A ROW… BLACK SMOKE RISES… AS YOU SEE ORANGE FLAMES ATOP THE APARTMENT BUILDING TO THE LEFT…. THIS HELMET CAM VIDEO SHOWS JUST A GLIMPSE OF THE HOURS FIREFIGHTERS SPENT TRYING TO EXTINGUISH THE INFERNO. NATS… DEPUTY CHIEF RICH CABRAL, FRESNO FIRE “A CAR PORT THAT WAS FULLY ENVOLVED… MUPTIPLE CARS THAT WERE THROUGH THE ROOF OF ONE OF THE APARTMENT BUILDINGS… ” WITHIN MINUTES THE FIRE SPREAD TO THE OTHER OTHER APARMENT BUILDING TO THE RIGHT… EVERYONE EVACUTED SAFELY… “YEAH I AM VERY THANKFUL… THAT WE HAD A FAST MOVING FIRE.. THAT WAS DOWNWIND… THAT WE DIDN’T HAVE ANYONE INJURIED OR KILLED AS A RESULT.” THERE WERE A NUMBER OF DIFFICULTIES WITH FIGHTING THE FIRE INCLUDING A DYSFUNCTIONAL FIREHYDRANT… THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE COMING TO WATCH THE FLAMES BURN… TWO AND A HALF HOURS AND ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY THOUSAND GALLONS LATER… THE FIRE WAS OUT… LEAVING BEHIND NOTHING BUT BURNT WOODEN PLANKS… AND FRAMES OF CARS…SURROUNDED BY ASH… FIVE YEAR TENANT VANESSA RUIZ AND HER FIVE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER LOSING ALMOST EVERYTHING BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T HAVE RENTERS INSURANCE… VANESSA RUIZ, MAPLEWOOD APT TENANT “MY MANAGER HE WAS LIKE HEY GET RENTALS INSURANCE… I DIDN’T GET THAT… BECAUSE I WAS LIKE NONE OF THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN.” TWELVE FRESNO STATE STUDENTS LIVED IN THESE APARTMENTS… LEFT WITHOUT A PLACE TO LIVE… THE UNIVERSITY IS PROVIDING ROOMS AND MEAL PLANS TO HELP ANYONE WHO REACHES OUT… FRANK LAMAS, VP OF STUDENT AFFAIRS “WE WILL DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO START THE YEAR IN A REAL POSITIVE WAY AFTER GOING THROUGH SUCH A HORRIFIC ORDEAL FOR ALL OF THEM” [A15]FRESNO STATE FIRE-LIVE TAG MEDERIOS THE RED CROSS IS ALSO OFFERING CLOTHES AND OTHER NECESSITIES TO ANYONE ELSE WHO LOST THEIR APARTMENT IN THE FIRE… REPORTING LIVE MEDERIOS BABB CBS47… EWN….

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