BAKERSFIELD, Calif., On March 9, 2023, at approximately 10:00 pm, Kern County Firefighters responded to a fire at Wingland Elementary School in Oildale. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a large fire involving new playground equipment, still in its packaging. The fire destroyed property with an estimated worth of approximately $750,000. KCFD Arson Investigators responded and investigated.
Over the next day, KCSO Deputies and KCFD Arson Investigators were able to identify and locate the suspect. KCFD Arson Investigators and KCSO Deputies arrested the suspect, Gary Tuck, who was then booked into the Central Receiving Facility at approximately 12:30 am Saturday, March 11th for arson.