Flames rip through an apartment complex leaving multiple people without a home

Apartment fire leaves nearly a dozen displaced

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Just after midnight fire officials say flames ripped through a central apartment complex located at 630 A Street.

According to city fire officials several units were damaged by flames and smoke but thanks to their swift attack on the flames, only one apartment was severely damaged.

Bakersfield Fire Battalion Chief Ken Wiggins said, "we had significant damage in the original fire apartment and some collateral damage in the two adjacent apartments."

Wiggins believes the fire sparked in one of the apartment's attics, however, it is the material the old complex was built with that made this fire extremely aggressive.

"This is an older apartment complex which has that older cellulose installation, a real hazardous situation when we have flash fire in an attic", explained Wiggins.

The Kern Chapter of The Red Cross was on scene assisting the reported six adults and five children displaced by the blaze.

Officials say many of those families could be back in their homes as early as Friday.

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