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Who is burning down the Fresno Homeless Encampments?

by Mike Rhodes (editor [at]
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
§Monterey and E street 1
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.
§Monterey and E street 2
by Mike Rhodes
Looking north from California street
§Monterey and E street 3
by Mike Rhodes
These shelters at the north end of the encampment did not get destroyed
§Monterey and E street 4
by Mike Rhodes
A boat that burned on the north end of the encampment looks out of place
§Golden State Off Ramp 1
by Mike Rhodes
This is the fire that happened last week
§Golden State Off Ramp 2
by Mike Rhodes
Another View of the fire damage
§Golden State Off Ramp 3
by Mike Rhodes
This is the Homeless Encampment just south of the fire
§Golden State Off Ramp 4
by Mike Rhodes
These are shelters a little further south on Golden State
§Golden State Off Ramp 5
by Mike Rhodes
Toy police car on the side of the road
§Golden State Off Ramp 6
by Mike Rhodes
Notices of the Eviction - next to homeless shelters on Golden State blvd.
§Golden State Off Ramp 7
by Mike Rhodes
The Homeless Have posted signs of their own
§Santa Clara Street (looking east from E street)
by Mike Rhodes
The City of Fresno says they are going to destroy this homeless encampment later this month. For more information, see:
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by Dan Waterhouse
Homeless people are responsible. The fire on August 7 where the arrest was made was set by a homeless man who was involved in a dispute with someone in that camp. A second fire was caused by people burning insulation off wiring. The third fire's precise cause is still under investigation but was caused by homeless. Story on line on the Fresno Bee website.
by Dan Waterhouse
are NOT on the August 29th City Council agenda.
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