UPDATE (1/18): Sunday’s fires are part of a series of four fires that have hit the same area over the past week, according to city officials.
Peters Funeral Home and Angelique Boutique were nearly destroyed in Sunday’s fires, determined to have been caused by problems with electric or gas. The other two fires happened in abandoned buildings and arson is suspected.
“When we see multiple fires in such a short period of time, instantly the alarms go off, something must be going on here, but sometimes things just align,” said Public Information Officer Andrew Freeborn. “During the winter months, you have more people decorating, you have the fires in the home, more cooking fires, more heating that’s occurring. so we typically do tend to see more fires.”
(1/17): ARVIN, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Fire Department responded to a two-alarm fire early this morning in Arvin.
Firefighters arrived at 357 Bear Mountain Boulevard at around 4:24 a.m. after receiving a report of the structure fire. No additional information about the fire is available at this time.
KCFD firefighters also responded to another fire in Arvin this morning. The fire, reported at around 6:13 a.m., was located at 600 Tucker Street, just a few streets over from the location of the first fire. It is unknown at this time if the fires are connected.
This story will be updated once more information is available.