East Bakersfield family of 7 are homeless after house fire

Fire reportedly started in laundry room

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A mother and her six children are safe, but are homeless, after a fire broke out overnight in east Bakersfield.

Fire officials said this blaze at a home on Rice Street started in the family's laundry room after the dryer nearly exploded.

Mary English was nearby at the Police Activities League Center watching a basketball game when her daughter called and said their house was on fire.

The fire is still under investigation.

The family is staying with relatives.

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