Wasco - Just before 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2016, the Kern County Fire Department received multiple calls for a house on fire, in the 1800 block of 3rd. Street, with smoke and flames visible. A reinforced structure response was started. The first arriving fire company reported a fully-involved 800 square foot structure and two outbuildings burning to the rear of a 1200 square foot house that was also threatened by the flames. Crews made an aggressive attack to extinguish the blaze and protect exposures. Fire had extended into the attic of the main house, so personnel ventilated the roof to keep fire from spreading and to reduce smoke damage. The fire was brought under control in approximately thirty-five minutes, but crews remained on scene for mop up and investigation into the cause of the fire. The smaller residence and two sheds were a total loss and the main house suffered water and smoke damage. Two occupants from the rear structure and one from the front house were not home at the time of the fire and it is not yet determined if they will require assistance. Loss to the structures and contents were estimated to be approximately $100,000 with approximately $150,000 saved. No injuries were reported the cause of the fire is under investigation.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Kern County Fire Department would like to remind citizens to take care with Safe and Sane Fireworks during the upcoming holiday and to maintain a clear defensible area around their homes to reduce the threat of fire. ASSISTING AGENCIES: California Department of Corrections, KCSO, So Cal Edison, KC Building Department.