Kern County Fire Department called to fire in Taft, victim taken to San Joaquin Community Hospital

Posted at 3:02 PM, Jul 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-18 18:58:20-04

At 12:19pm on Monday, Kern County Fire Department was called to the 400 block of Monroe Street in Taft for an injury fire.


First crews arrived to a 900 square foot home with heavy smoke and flames showing to the rear of the house. Firefighters pulled hose lines to the back of the home where they found a motor home that was fully engulfed.



Crews knocked down the flames in eleven minutes, while protecting the adjacent homes and looking for victims. None were found in the home, but an adult male burn victim was found at the corner of Harrison Street and Elm Street, several blocks away. He was taken to San Joaquin Community Hospital in a Hall Ground Ambulance. The estimated value loss of the motor home is $20,000.


An adjacent home suffered minor heat damage, and an additional adult male was displaced by the fire. He is receiving temporary assistance from the Red Cross.


Firefighters could not locate a smoke alarm in the residence. KCFD urges residents to have a working smoke alarm and to practice home evacuation drills with their families. Firefighters do not know hwy the burn patient left the scene.

KCFD is investigating the cause of the fire.