Northwest home destroyed by flames, re-ginited for the second time hours later

Fire dept. says smoke detectors saved the family

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - UPDATE: 23ABC had to call the Fire Dept. as the fire re-ignited during the 5a.m. newscast. 

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before more homes were harmed.


A fire that began in a garage completely consumed a house on Weldon Ave. in Northwest Bakersfield Friday morning.

"There was an explosion in the garage. When I looked at it, there was just a bunch of flames," said the homeowner Mike Ballard. 

By the time the fire crews responded they say the house was already 75% engulfed in flames. With an aggressive attack on the fire, they were able to contain it before it spread. 

"Residents were alerted by the smoke detector and were able to get out safely before firefighters got on the scene," said Brett Grassi of Kern County Fire Dept. 

Six people were displaced by the blaze, including a family pet. No one was injured. 

KCFD estimates $250,000 worth of damage but no nearby homes were destroyed.

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