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Raw video: Two-alarms for home converted to apartments in Fresno, CA. Firefighters rescue teen who ran back inside.

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Video from  of a fire yesterday afternoon in Downtown Fresno, California. Firefighters rescued a teenager who went back into the building at Van Ness and Voorman and collapsed because of smoke inhalation. He is reported to be doing fine now.

Airhorns sound at 8:43 in Part 1, above.

Rick Montanez, KFSN-TV:

The family living in the apartment didn’t want to talk on camera either. They told Action News they’re grateful they were not injured.

But their 19 year old cousin was. He ran out and told officials the fire started in his apartment.

“Then he returned to the apartment through the backdoor and succumbed, in the fire, to the smoke. Fire fighters then found him in the apartment unconscious,” Deputy Chief Tim Henry of the Fresno Fire Department said.

“It was not designed as a multi-family house. So the add-ons and the changes made it difficult to get to where the fire is at,” Henry said.  

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  • http://msn RetiredInSC

    Why did it take 17 mins. for them to put the ladderpipe in srevice and did they the ladder truck get blocked out by am Eng. ????

  • FOBS

    FFD doesn’t do things like anybody else.

    If ya ask them, they’ll tell ya just how good they are.

  • Harry Rampe

    Was not there so i do not know what the problems were,but why did they move the ladder company out of the way and why did it take so long to get a decent hand line in operation?

  • http://none Engine 5er

    If you have a rescue, someone still needs to attack the fire. Why cut the roof there and with that wind? How did that work? Instead of 6 pea shooters why not just two cannons and go for the quick kill? That will solve the exposure problem. Was the BC truck and cop car in the the way ladder placement? Looked like a good spot to park from New York.

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