Six fires spark in Oildale since midnight on Tuesday

Posted at 7:41 AM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 10:39:30-04

UPDATE (September 27, 2017 7:29 a.m.): The sixth fire in Oildale sparked up on Howard Ave near Norris Rd at an abandoned apartment complex. 

The fire is the sixth in a string of fires set by an unknown person who is being looked for by investigators. 


UPDATE (6:17 p.m.): KCFD is looking for a person of interest who was seen at several of the locations where the fires happened on Tuesday. 

Investigators are looking for a man who was seen acting like he is cleaning a yard, but instead burning the home. 

The person of interest is described as a African American man with a light to medium complexion, with short hair, roughly 6 feet tall and 40 years old.


UPDATE (5:43 p.m.): KCFD is looking for a person of interest believed to be going around Oildale and sparking fires.

Five fires have sparked in Oildale since midnight. All fires were within blocks of each other, the latest at Seventh Day Adventist Church at 605 Sharon Place. 

23ABC has a crew on scene and we will bring you updates as we learn them.

This afternoon, Kern County Fire said they have no credible leads or anything connecting the first three fires, as they have no credible witness statements.

KCFD said those first fires were suspicious because they happened in abandoned homes with no utilities that could have sparked a fire.

KCFD is still investigating the fires.


UPDATE (8:05 a.m.): Kern County Fire officials confirm that the fire on Beardsley off South Plymouth is on the same plot of land where 23-year-old Danielle Karlen died earlier this year. 

Karlen's body was found in a structure on Beardsley back in June. The coroner's office said Karlen died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns. Her death was ruled a homicide. 


For the third time in about seven hours Kern County Fire crews are battling a blaze in Oildale. 

A third house caught fire within blocks of two previous early morning fires.

The house is located on Beardsley Avenue near South Plymouth Avenue just after 7 a.m.

Earlier Tuesday morning, house fires were reported on McCord Avenue near North Chester, just after midnight then just before 4 a.m. on McCord between Oildale Drive and Plymouth. 

Fire officials had previously said the first two fires were suspicious.