Fire destroys Kingsburg packinghouse

FRESNO, Calif.

Hours later, firefighters remained at the scene keeping an eye out for hot spots while other areas continued to burn.

The fire broke out around two 2:30 a.m. in an open area used for dry storage and it eventually spread to the roof of the cold storage area.

Firefighters say the fire caused an estimated million and a half dollars in damage...

But they were able to save half of the facility including its office space.

"One of the problematic things we had was the roofing material was pretty flammable. It got into there, but we were able to contain it to the rood of the cold storage," Kingsburg Fire Chief Gary Rocha said.

Firefighters from several agencies, including Fresno County, Tulare County, and the city of Kingsburg worked to put out the fire.

About 20,000 square feet was damaged in the fire including about 3,000 in the cold storage area.

It's unknown exactly how much produce was destroyed.

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