Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department
Battalion Chief Blumer

Tony Blumer

Taft Incident
DATE: January 28, 2023
TIME: 12:13

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Commercial Structure Fire
Location: 401 Center Street
Closest Community: Taft, California
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

TAFT, Calif., On January 28th at 12:13pm, Kern County Fire units from Taft, Maricopa and McKittrick were dispatched to a reinforced structure fire at a 10,000 sq. ft., two-story, vacant commercial structure located at 401 Center Street. Firefighters reported an active fire on the second floor of the structure upon arrival. A second alarm was requested, for addition equipment and personnel, due to the size of the structure and access issues in the boarded-up building. Kern County firefighters used a tactic know as transitional fire attack by applying water from the outside to keep the fire in check, while firefighters worked to gain access to the inside of the building. Once firefighters forced entry into the structure, they were able to totally control the remaining fire. Firefighters searched the building for victims and found none. The cause of the fire is under investigation. 


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

Estimated Value LOSS: $30,000
Estimated Value SAVED: $600,000

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E21, E22, E24, E25, E53, E65
Patrols: 0
Trucks: TK21, TK65
Specialty Equipment: KB2, KB5, KB6, DIV2, SF3, BS66

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

Taft PD, PG&E

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 1-661-330-0133

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