Apartment complex in East Bakersfield damaged in late-night fire

Damage estimated at $80,000

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A pair of apartments in East Bakersfield were damaged in a late-night blaze.

The fire started at a two-unit duplex on North Kern Street & Columbus Street just before 11 p.m. Thursday night.  Bakersfield City Fire battalion chief Ken Wiggins said when crews arrived, the duplex was engulfed in flames.

"It appears the fire started in the exterior water heater to the rear of the structure and ran up the outside of the structure and got into the attic," said Wiggins.

The vacant upstairs apartment was filled with smoke, according to Wiggins.  Crews managed to make their way inside and extinguish the fire.

At least two people living in the lower apartment managed to get out safely, but their unit suffered heavy water damage.

Damage is estimated at $80,000.  No firefighters were injured battling the flames.

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