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Homeless encampment fire

A fire at a homeless encampment near the ARCO AM/PM in Hanford left one person with severe burn injuries.

HANFORD — A fire at a homeless encampment Thursday left one person injured with severe burns to their body, fire officials said.

Around 8:45 a.m., Hanford Fire Department officials said crews were dispatched to a vegetation fire near the ARCO AM/PM, located at 1775 Glendale Ave. in Hanford.

Dispatchers told fire crews that they were receiving multiple calls reporting the fire was at a homeless encampment and that there was a burn injury involved, firefighters said.

Fire officials said Hanford Patrol 1 arrived on scene and confirmed the fire and the severe burn injury. They requested the availability of a helicopter for emergency medical service transport.

One Hanford firefighter accompanied EMS crew to rendezvous with the helicopter and the patient was transported to Fresno with second-degree burns to approximately 70 percent of their body, officials said.

According to a press release from the department, 10 Hanford firefighters responded to the scene, as well as several personnel from local law enforcement agencies.

Fire officials wanted to note that at least two good Samaritans placed themselves in harm’s way in an effort to rescue the burn victim by removing the victim from the shelter they were in.

Authorities said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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