UPDATE (5 p.m.): Saturday morning’s fire that broke out just after 2 a.m. started at Pallets for Days and spread to Tina Marie’s Cafe next door, damaging at least four buildings.
Officials said Bakersfield Public Works was called to check the structural integrity of the buildings that were damaged.
Just after noon, flames were spotted again at the site. It appeared the fire restarted, but officials say the two fires are likely unrelated.
“Crews were here literally 15 minutes before that second fire was reported,” Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Lencioni said. “We went through that building multiple times and saw no smoke, no fire.”
No one was injured in the fires and the causes of both are under investigation.
UPDATE (12:40 p.m.): This morning’s fire has appeared to have restarted after the building next to Tina Marie’s Cafe caught fire just after noon today. The Bakersfield Fire Department is at the scene.
Sensation Lingerie and Maria’s Home Furnishings have been damaged by the fire. The Buena Vista Museum of Natural History may also have sustained some damage. Chester Avenue between 20th and 21st streets has been closed due to the fire.
UPDATE (8:11 a.m.): A GoFundMe account has been created to help support Tina Marie’s Cafe and its employees.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Bakersfield Fire Department responded to a three-alarm fire in downtown Bakersfield early this morning.
The department said at around 2:11 a.m., firefighters were sent to Pallets for Days at 2006 Chester Ave. after receiving reports of a fire. The department said the first units on scene requested additional alarms and deployed several large hand lines to protect exposure.
BFD said it used two ladder trucks to spray large amounts water during the operation.
No one was injured in the fire, which is still under investigation. However, Pallets For Days was destroyed and Tina Marie’s Cafe was significantly damaged in the fire.