A pre-dawn fire Thursday destroyed two historic homes in Fresno’s Old Armenian Town, where investigators believe transients are living.
The flames swept through the homes and heavily damaged other parts of the site on M Street at the Highway 41 overpass, on the south edge of downtown Fresno. Fresno Fire spokesman Shane Brown said the blaze erupted about 12:30 a.m.
Brown said flames were pouring out of one home when first units arrived, and the fire quickly spread to a second house.
There are multiple buildings on the site, and Brown said that all of the buildings, which are surrounded by a metal fence, have been broken into previously.