BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Illegal, aerial fireworks are to blame for torching a southwest Bakersfield home, according to city fire officials.
The blaze caused an estimated $225,000 worth of damage after it sparked around 11:30 p.m. Friday in a neighborhood near White Lane and Old River Road.
When fire crews arrived, they say flames were spotted in the attic of a single story home, with wooden shingle on the roof around 30% engulfed in flames.
Multiple hose lines were used and the ceiling had to be opened to expose where the fire was coming from, according to officials. After just 23 minutes, the fire was put out by the firefighters.
In the statement, crews say additional hose lines were used to protect the belongings inside the home as well as neighboring buildings.
City arson investigators arrived to the scene and determined the fire was ignited by illegal, aerial fireworks debris discovered at the scene.
The homeowners, a husband and wife, tell 23ABC they are now staying with family friends.
Crews say there were no injuries due to the incident.
California farmers look for new water sources
Central California farmers now maintain their crops with costlier water sources.
KCSO: Shooting in Rosamond
Deputies with the Kern County Sheriff's Department were involved in a shooting Tuesday afternoon.
KCSO deputy criminally charged in 2014 crash
A Kern County Sheriff's deputy now faces a criminal charge in connection with a deadly crash in September 2014.
Farmers provide mid-summer update on the drought
In the middle of a severe drought, the farm workers in Kern County are getting hit hard.