Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Andrew Freeborn

Gold Incident - Duplex Fire
DATE: December 1, 2023
TIME: 19:18

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Reinforced Structure Fire
Location: 300 Block of N Gold Canyon Drive
Closest Community: Ridgecrest
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

RIDGECREST, Calif., Friday, multiple calls were received reporting flames and smoke from a duplex located in the 300 block of N. Gold Canyon Dr. While en route firefighters confirmed smoke and flames were seen from a distance. Upon arrival, Ridgecrest Police had roads closed to non-emergency thru traffic. Massive flames and smoke were coming from the rear of the structure extending toward the front of the house and enclosed carport. Firefighters stretched a hoseline to the front of the structure and carport to protect an RV in the driveway. A verbal all clear for one unit involved was received from Ridgecrest Police and they were able to evacuate the occupant of the attached duplex at the direction of the Incident Commander.


Firefighters contended with excessive personal belongings in the backyard, consisting of multiple sheds, RV, books, clothing, and equipment. To overcome this barrier firefighters also made access and worked from the alley. The firefight continued at the front of the property, as firefighters worked to knockdown the carport fire and enter the structure. Again, a massive collection of personal property, this time in the home and carport, made forward progress difficult. Firefighters fought their way in, eventually completing victim searches and extinguishing the fire. No injuries were reported on scene by civilians or fire personnel. The cause is under investigation.


Photos by: Laura Austin of The News Review Ridgecrest


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

Estimated Value LOSS: $65,000
Estimated Value SAVED: $0

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E71, E81, E83, E84, E85
Patrols: None
Trucks: None
Specialty Equipment: BATT7, BATT8

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

Ridgecrest Police Department, SCE, China Lake FD

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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