- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A utility pole yard that went up in flames in Fresno had not had a working fire hydrant system in at least two years, authorities say.

The massive fire Thursday destroyed hundreds of wooden utility poles. Damage was estimated at $1 million to $3 million. No one was injured.

Fresno Fire Department spokesman Pete Martinez said hydrants on private property are not required.

The yard is owned by a company that manufactures poles for Pacific Gas and Electric and many other utilities.

There are few fire hydrants in the unpopulated, industrial area, so crews had to cut across private property and railroad tracks to get water on the fire.

The last time a fire broke out at the property, in 2013, its fire hydrant system was out of service. It was never repaired, Martinez said.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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