BAKERSFIELD, Calif., Sunday afternoon, a knock on the front door by a good Samaritan alerted two residents to a fire burning the exterior of their home. As they were learning of the fire and evacuating with their pet dog, smoke alarms began sounding. They were out safe, but the fire was spreading quickly. As this was occurring the Kern County Emergency Communications Center began receiving multiple calls reporting the fire, as well as reports from firefighters responding to other emergencies regarding the large column of smoke developing. A "Reinforced Structure Fire" response was dispatched, and Kern County firefighters arrived on scene within minutes.
Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a well-established fire within a large single-family dwelling. The home's wood shake roof was ablaze, and fire was rapidly spreading through the attic. Additionally, a neighboring house was catching fire from the intense heat. Firefighters split up to simultaneously extinguish the neighboring home, before it too could become an inferno, while also making an aggressive attack on the structure of origin. Firefighters coordinated their efforts to fight the fire from the interior and exterior of the home. This strategy was ultimately halted when portions of the home started to collapse around firefighters. The dozens of firefighters on scene continued undeterred from the exterior, even implementing an aerial water stream using the 100' ladder from KCFD Truck 65. Once the fire was extinguished firefighters assisted with helping the homeowners to safely collect personal items. There were no injuries to civilians and one minor injury of a KCFD firefighter reported on scene. The cause is undetermined.