|Incident Name:||Acala Incident|
|Incident Time:||4:18:00 p.m.|
|Incident Location:||100 block of Acala Street|
|Incident Type:||Structure Fire|
Engines 51, 52, 54, 42, 45; Battalions 4 & 5; PIO; Fire Safety Officer, Fire Investigators
At 4:18 PM Thursday, a reinforced structure fire alarm was dispatched to the 100-block of North Acala Street for multiple reports of a house fire. Arvin Police Department units arrived and cleared people from the street and the alley. The first firefighters on scene were faced with the rear half of the home engulfed in flames and heavy smoke throughout the structure. Downed power lines and a partial structural collapse made firefighting efforts difficult on the back portion of the home. Firefighters were able to protect nearby homes, but a vehicle parked near the house sustained major damage.
Total damage is estimated at $150,000, a complete loss. There were no injuries to residents or firefighters. Five people were displaced by the fire and requested assistance from Red Cross. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The occupants were alerted by a smoke detector. This early warning gave the occupants the time they needed to escape without injury. The Kern County Fire Department would like to remind residents to make sure that they have working smoke detectors installed in their home. Smoke detectors save lives!
Assisting Agencies: Arvin PD, Arvin Building Department, Red Cross, PG&E, The Gas Company