Oildale apartment complex targeted by possible arsonist

Resident fear for their safety

OILDALE, Calif. - An apartment complex in Oildale has become the target of numerous small fires in the last several weeks. 

Residents at the complex, which is on the 600 block of Ann Arbor Drive, are now in fear for their safety.

"I can't sleep, I have a 7-year-old . I'm concerned that this person is going to come back and burn down our building while we are sleeping ,"said Alyssa Gantz, a resident at the complex. 

The Kern County Fire Department responded to the apartment complex to put out the small fires. The first response was for a chair in a driveway that was set on fire, the next day, residents say, a bush in front of one apartment was ablaze, and then a couch in the alley was set on fire the following week.

Wednesday night, fire crews responded to the complex, again, when a fence running along the apartment complex was set on fire.

"All these fires by themselves is no big deal but when you start adding them up, somebody is out to get us. If the fire department didn't respond quicker, my building could have burned down with us inside. The fence is right up against my wall," said Stanley Sellers, another resident. 

The Kern County Fire Department has started an official arson investigation and will be speaking with residence in the complex and neighbors in the area.

Most of the fires have been set overnight between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.

The fire department asks the community to keep a watchful eye and report any suspicious activity.


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