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Who is burning down the Fresno Homeless Encampments?
There have been 2 major fires at homeless encampments in the last week. One was a confirmed arson and the fire department has not determined the cause of yesterday’s fire. The photos below show what remains.
When I was there this afternoon I did not see anybody from the City of Fresno, the Red Cross, or anywhere else trying to help the homeless who lost everything they owned. In fact, the City of Fresno has signs up saying they are going to bulldoze this (and other) homeless encampments in downtown Fresno starting later this month. The demolition notices do not explain how this city action will help the homeless or where they are supposed to go. All photos by Mike Rhodes
The woman in the foreground was looking for anything of value left after the fire. The man behind the fence is putting up a new shelter.
Looking north from California street
These shelters at the north end of the encampment did not get destroyed
A boat that burned on the north end of the encampment looks out of place
This is the fire that happened last week
Another View of the fire damage
This is the Homeless Encampment just south of the fire
These are shelters a little further south on Golden State
Toy police car on the side of the road
Notices of the Eviction - next to homeless shelters on Golden State blvd.
The Homeless Have posted signs of their own
The City of Fresno says they are going to destroy this homeless encampment later this month. For more information, see: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2013/07/30/18740629.php