3 fires in East Bakersfield prompt arson investigation

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Three fires that broke out at homes in close proximity to one another Saturday evening are being investigated for arson, Bakersfield Fire Department officials said.

All the fires were under control and no injuries were reported, Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Walkley said. The fires were at homes within a few blocks of one another, and the timeframe for the reported fires — less than 30 minutes apart — was suspicious enough to believe the fires could all be related, Walkley said. It’s still unclear how the fires may have been started.

The first fire was reported at a two-story home on Niles Street near Williams Street at around 6:26 p.m. The fire appeared to have to spread to the second story and the attic of the home. Firefighters were seen pouring water onto the home’s roof. A second fire was reported seven minutes later at a building on Monterey Street near Haley Street.

Fire to a two-story home on Niles Street near Williams Street. / Photo: 17 News photojournalist Juan Corona

A third fire was reported at a boarded up home on Kentucky Street near Owens Street. City and county firefighters were able to quickly put out the fires and prevent spread of flames to other structures and buildings.

We will update this story as we learn more information.

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