UPDATE: Man arrested for attempted murder following mobile home fire in Ridgecrest

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UPDATE (June 26): Ridgecrest police arrested a man for attempted murder after allegedly intentionally setting a fire that destroyed a mobile home in Ridgecrest on Friday.

Officers arrested, Gilbert “Alec” Duran, 25, on multiple charges including attempted murder, child endangerment and arson.

Gilbert “Alec” Duran, 25 / Photo courtesy: Ridgecrest Police Department

The department alleges Duran started the fire at the Town and Country Mobile Home Park on Norma Street at around 8:30 a.m. with two adults and three children inside. The five were able to leave the home before fire spread, but some small animals were killed in the fire. One cat was severely burned, officials say.

Officers found Duran shortly after the fire and as taken into custody. Duran was booked into the Kern County Jail and is being held on $2.6 million bail. He is due in court on Tuesday according to a Kern County inmate database.


RIDGECREST, Calif. (KGET) — Four people, including two children, have been displaced in a mobile home fire in Ridgecrest this morning. 

The Kern County Fire Department said firefighters arrived at the Ridgecrest Town and Country Mobile Home Park and found a mobile home and car on fire and that the fire was threatening other nearby homes. Crews were able to knock down the fire but the mobile home was completely destroyed, the department said.

Two adults and two children were not injured but were displaced due to the fire, according to KCFD. It is not known at this time what caused the fire. The investigation into the fire is ongoing.

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