Grass fire destroyed one structure, threatened several

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif.

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Firefighters are keeping an eye on hot spots in the area of North and Greenwood, just outside Sanger. They say about five acres have burned along with an abandoned house.

Officials don't know what sparked the blaze, but it seems to have started in the field. They say wind blew the flames toward the abandoned house. We're told as many as nine people may have been staying there.

Chief Josh Chrisman said, "It is occupied occasionally by homeless people. Eyewitnesses saw them leaving the scene. Upon arrival of our fire equipment, some of our fire personnel that was first on scene did see people leaving."

Neighbors tell me the house has been abandoned for years, but they say the homeless people had been staying there off and on for a while.

No injuries have been reported, and fire officials say this is the perfect reminder that summer is almost here and vegetation is beginning to dry out. They say now is the time to make sure your home has good fire breaks around it, to protect it during a brush fire.

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