8 Bakersfield police officers injured responding to South H Street fire


UPDATE (10:50 p.m.):  Eight Bakersfield police officers suffered smoke inhalation while responding to a call involving a man who threatened to set himself on fire Thursday afternoon.

Bakersfield police and fire were called to an apartment complex in the 3500 block of South H Street at around 3 p.m. Firefighters were called for a vehicle fire in the parking and were already on scene while officers responded to a check the welfare call for a suicidal person 

Officers noticed smoke coming from an apartment belonging to the man identified as 29 year old Brian Moore.

Moore was found inside the apartment in a bedroom where he was taken into custody.

Two of the eight officers were sent to a hospital for further treatment. Six of the officers were treated at the scene and released.

Moore was taken to hospital with minor injuries and later charged with arson and multiple counts of attempted murder.

Residents were allowed back into their apartments.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.

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Bakersfield police and fire crews were both called to an apartment and car fire on South H Street Thursday afternoon.

Officers responded to a call from the Serramonte Park Apartments on South H Street right by Planz Park.

Just after they arrived they say smoke started coming from one of the units. Officers eventually found a man in a back bedroom who they took into custody.

Officers said a vehicle was also on fire in the parking lot and believe both fires are related.

They are investigating the possibility this may have been a suicide attempt by the man taken into custody.

They say criminal charges are likely to be filed against him.

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