Pallet fire destroyed part of a Fresno County business

FRESNO, Calif.

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A thick cloud of black smoke could be seen from miles away Thursday … as bright orange flames ripped through this Fresno county pallet yard. The fire destroyed dozens of wooden pallets, travel trailers and abandoned vehicles.

Fernando Gonzalez owns the property. He was there when the fire started and says despite his best efforts, he could not control the fast moving blaze. "I put water. The fire is more … fire."

Joe Medina also tried to help. When flames crept toward his friend's nearby home … he used a water hose to save it from burning. "Everything is okay. We save the house and everything except the fence. The fence is burnt."

Elm Street was shut down for several hours while nearly forty firefighters battled the growing blaze … steady winds and triple digit temperatures. "The heat has played a factor, we're trying to get firefighters rested and hydrated in between work periods. We're trying to give them shorter work periods so they can stay hydrated and no injuries occur."

Fire crews contained the fire to about an acre. They also helped save half of the business' inventory … something the owner says, he's grateful for.

The cause is still under investigation. The estimated damage is at $50 thousand.

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