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Fire destroys several apartment units at complex in South Bakersfield

Fire destroys several apartment units at complex in South Bakersfield


Oh, she’s awesome. I gave her that car. He didn’t. It’s all good. Some days you eat the bear. Some days the bear eats you. — Captions by VITAC — www.vitac.com JOINING US FOR 17 NEWS AT 5, I’M TAMI MLCOCH. JIM: I’M JIM SCOTT. WE BEGIN TONIGHT WITH BREAKING NEWS OF AN APARTMENT FIRE OUT IN SOUTH BAKERSFIELD. WE ARE ON SCENE IN A NEIGHBORHOOD ON SOUTH M STREET, NOT FAR FROM WILSON ROAD. 17’S EYTAN WALLACE IS THERE AND JOINS US LIVE WITH THE LATEST. EYTAN? AS YOU CAN SEE, BAKERSFIELD FIRE STILL HAS A LARGE PRESENCE HERE AT SOUTH M ST AND SOUTH CHESTER AVENUE. A NUMBER OF FIRE TRUCKS REMAIN ON SCENE THE BAKERSFIELD FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDED TO A CALL OF A FIRE DURING THE THREE O’CLOCK HOUR TODAY. AND JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THE FLAMES. WHEN FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED, THEY FOUND AN APARTMENT PARTIALLY ENGULFED IN FLAMES. IT TOOK THEM ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO PUT OUT THE BLAZE, BUT NOT BEFORE FOUR UNITS WERE DESTROYED HOWEVER, BFD WAS ABLE TO SAVE 10 UNITS. IT REMAINS UNCLEAR SPECIFICALLY HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE DISPLACED BUT GOOD NEWS IS NO ONE WAS INJURED. IN ADDITION TO THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, THE RED CROSS IS ON SCENE. VOLUNTEERS ARE ASSISTING WITH EFFORT. WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE RED CROSS AND WITH A NEIGHBOR WHO WITNESSED IT ALL. THOMAS RANDOLF: “I HAD JUST GOT BACK TO MY HOUSE AND I WAS DROPPING SOME THINGS OFF AND A HUGE CLOUD JUST CAME OVER ME AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A PLANE ACTUALLY AND I LOOKED UP, SAW THE SHADOW AND IT WAS ACTUALLY JUST A CLOUD AND I TURNED AROUND AND HUGE SMOKE JUST CAME UP, I RAN TO THE BACK I SEEN THIS FIRE AND I WARNED EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE AND WE SPRANG INTO ACTION.” CINDY HUGE: “I THINK SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED HERE TODAY ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHERE ARE THEY GOING TO GO TONIGHT, WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM. WE WANT TO REASSURE THEM THAT WE ARE HERE TO HELP THEM, WE WILL HELP THEM MOVE FORWARD HERE IN THEIR RECOVERY AFTER THIS FIRE WE’LL MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE SOMEWHERE SAFE TO STAY TONIGHT THAT THEY HAVE FOOD, THEY HAVE WATER AND THEY WILL HAVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO REPLACE ANY CLOTHING THAT’S BEEN AFFECTED. BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE WHO’S BEEN AFFECTED IS TAKEN CARE OF. NOW IF THEY’RE AT WORK RIGHT NOW AND MAYBE THEY’RE GOING TO SEE THIS, THEY CAN CALL US AT 1-800-RED- CROSS AND WE WILL ASSIST THEM IF THEY LIVED HERE AND HAVE BEEN AFFECTED.” EYTAN: THE BAKERSVILLE FIGHT APARTMENT AND VOLUNTEERS WITH THE RED CROSS SAY THEY WILL BE HERE FOR AT LEAST A FEW MORE HOURS, MEANTIME ANOTHER LIVE LOOK AND YOU CAN SEE STILL A LARGE EMERGENCY RESPONSE. SOUTH M STREET REMAINS BLOCKED OFF RIGHT DURING THE HEIGHT OF RUSH HOUR. IF YOU CAN, YOU ARE ASKED TO AVOID THIS AREA. REPORTING LIVE IN SOUTH BAKERSFIELD EYTAN WALLACE, 17 NEWS JIM: AND JUST INTO OUR NEWS

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