Fire destroys large Madera building, crews continue clean-up efforts

Fire crews say they were forced to fight the fire from outside because of the flames coming from the roof.
MADERA, Calif. (KFSN) -- Firefighters worked through the night after flames destroyed a large building in Madera on Thursday.

The blaze sparked at what used to be a gym on Orchard and Sunset just after 10 pm.

When firefighters arrived, they saw flames shooting through the roof. Eight engines and more than two dozen firefighters responded.

Fire crews say they were forced to fight the fire from outside because of the flames coming from the roof.

"The business has not been occupied for a couple of years. If there was anybody inside, obviously they weren't supposed to be there," said Fire Battalion Chief Christian Trindade

PG&E workers were called to shut off the power to the building as crews took on the fire.

Authorities had to evacuate two homes on Williams Avenue because embers were seen flying onto the houses. A short time later, the houses were deemed safe for the residents to return.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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