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4-Alarm Apartment Fire in Central Fresno

 ( 4-ALARM FIRE)
  FRESNO FIRE CREWS FOUGHT A MAJOR, 4-ALARM FIRE AT THE GRIFFITH GARDEN APARTMENT COMPLEX NEAR BLACKSTONE AND ASHLAN.  THE FIRE BROKE OUT THIS MORNING JUST BEFORE 6-AM.  SOME RESIDENTS REPORTED HEARING A LOUD EXPLOSION JUST BEFORE THEY SAW SM0KE AND FLAMES.
 IT TOOK SEVERA; HOURS TO CONTROL THE BLAZE WHICH BURNED THROUGH TWO LARGE STRUCTURES AND DAMAGED AT LEAST 20 APARTMENT UNITS.  DOZENS OF RESIDENTS WERE FORCED OUT OF THEIR HOMES WHILE CREWS BATTLED THE 4-ALARM FIRE.
 STREETS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF BLACKSTONE AND ASHLAN WILL BE CLOSED FOR SEVERAL MORE HOURS, AND MIGHT NOT RE-OPEN UNTIL THIS AFTERNOON.  THE CAUSE IS NOT YET KNOWN - - BUT THAT WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF A MAJOR FIRE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATION.