Local fire crews save $2 million in machinery, equipment after rubber molding factory fire

KCFD said cause of fire was mechanical failure

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Kern County Fire and Bakersfield Fire crews were able to quickly put out a fire at a rubber molding factory in east Bakersfield Tuesday night, saving millions of dollars worth of machinery and industrial equipment.

KCFD responded to a blaze at Newby Rubber Inc. in east Bakersfield on Industrial Street near Virginia Avenue on Nov. 21 at 5:41 p.m.

BFD assisted in putting out the fire, and fire sprinklers prevented the flames from spreading rapidly, KCFD said. 

Damage from the blaze was an estimated $75,000, but crews were able to save around $2 million in machinery and industrial equipment. 

The cause of the fire was mechanical failure, according to KCFD.

No one was injured in the blaze.

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