Incident Report

Kern County Fire Department

Andrew Freeborn

Vista Incident
DATE: March 26, 2022
TIME: 23:01

Incident Number


Incident tYPE

Structure Fire
Location: 8339 Buena Vista Road
Closest Community: Bakersfield
Cause: Under Investigation

Incident Narrative

Saturday, just after 11:00 pm, the Emergency Communications Center received reports of a large home or mansion on fire in a rural area of southwest Bakersfield. Reporting parties described the fire as burning the roof of the structure. Upon arrival, firefighters encountered a home greater than 10,000 square feet in size, well involved with fire. Additional fire department resources were requested, to save multiple surrounding buildings at risk, as well as law enforcement to locate an individual spotted on scene at the time of the fire. Firefighters battled the blaze until after the sunrise Sunday morning and remained on scene until Monday, working to fully extinguish deep seated fires which were difficult to access. 

While firefighters worked to extinguish the fire, members from the KCFD Fire Investigations Unit continued to investigate while also canvasing the area with BPD for the suspected arsonist. The suspect was detained at approximately 9:20 am, Sunday, by KCFD Fire Investigators at Independence High school, after starting an additional two fires. Following questioning he was arrested on multiple counts of arson and booked into the Central Receiving Facility in Bakersfield, CA.


Injuries: 0
Fatalities: 0

Property Lost/Saved

Estimated Value LOSS: $2,000,000
Estimated Value SAVED: $2,000,000

KCFD Equipment Assigned

Engines: E25, E51R, E52, E53, E55, E65, E67
Patrols: _None
Trucks: T21, T55, T65
Specialty Equipment: AU3, AU6, AU7, BS66, B2, B4, B6, KPIO, SF5, SF7, WT1, WT55, WT67

Total Personnel


Assisting Agencies

Bakersfield Fire Department, BPD, County Building Department, KCSO

On Call Fire Information Officer

Phone: 661-330-0133

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