Fire causes great damage to home and displaces 5 people in East Bakersfield

UPDATE (Sep 6): The family who lost their home launched a GoFundMe to pay for the expenses to get them back on their feet.

According to the GoFundMe account description, the Rodriguez family, whose house on Quincy Street burned down Saturday, lived there for more than 25 years.

You can donate to the GoFundMe account using this link.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A fire displaced five people and badly damaged a home near Flower Street and Palm Drive in East Bakersfield as high temperatures on Saturday night made the gunfight difficult.

City and county firefighters were called for a fire report on a building in the alley near Palm Drive near Kern Medical at around 10:20 p.m. Firefighters saw heavy flames and smoke coming from the building. The flames spread to a neighboring house and damaged a vehicle. It prompted the firefighters to set off a second alarm and more resources to put out the fire.

Joe Appleton, chief of Kern County’s Fire Brigade Battalion, said Saturday night’s heat was an issue for firefighters. The crews had to be turned out to avoid exhaustion.

Five people were driven from the fire. No injuries were reported.

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