Rankin Hotel fire leaves more than a dozen people displaced in East Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - More than a dozen people will have to spend the night at East High School after the hotel they were staying in caught fire in East Bakersfield.

The Bakersfield Fire Department said the fire started in the attic of the Rankin Hotel on Baker Street, leaving 20 people without a place to stay. 

The Red Cross said 15 are in temporary housing at the high school, which will be open until Monday. Firefighters said an electrical malfunction caused the fire.

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