UPDATE: BFD looking for man suspected of setting dumpster fire that damaged Olive Garden

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UPDATE (4/8): The Bakersfield Fire Department is looking for a man wanted in connection with last month’s fire at the Olive Garden restaurant in southwest Bakersfield.

The suspect is described as being a Black man in his early- to mid-20s with short black hair. He was last seen wearing black pants as well as a black shirt and jacket and a blue Nike backpack.

The department said the suspect was seen leaving the area on March 29 and is believed to have set fire to a dumpster that ended up causing major fire damage to the exterior to the restaurant.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s location is urged to call BFD at 661-326-3691.


(3/30): BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — An Olive Garden in southwest Bakersfield was damaged after cooking oil caught fire and ignited trash, firefighters said.

The blaze was confined to the restaurant at 1701 New Stine Road and total damage was estimated at $55,000, according to the Bakersfield Fire Department.

The fire was reported about 3:10 a.m. Monday and the scene cleared about two hours later. It remains under investigation.

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