2 fires break out blocks apart; 2 injured

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - New details have come in regarding a pair of fires in central Bakersfield that were just a few blocks away from each other.

Fire officials told 23ABC news that the first started in the rear of a home off of Oleander Avenue and that a man inside the home suffered burns to nearly 90 percent of their body.

A family was occupying the front of the building and were able to get out safely.

The victim was rushed to the hospital and is expected to live.

At about the same time, another fire started in a kitchen inside an apartment just off Sixth and H streets.

Fire crews said that one person was inside and was being treated for smoke inhalation.

Officials said they believe if they weren't so close by -- this situation could've been much worse.

Fire officials believe the two fires were coincidental and are being investigated separately.


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