Incident Name:

 Mt. Vernon Incident


Incident Time:

7:07:00 am

Incident Date:


Incident Location:

300 Block of Mt. Vernon Ave, Bakersfield

Incident Type:

Tank Fire

Resources Used:

Engine 41; Truck 41; HazMat 66;Battalion 4; Info 1; BFD Engine 6, 2




Tank Fire - 300 Block of Mt. Vernon Ave., East Bakersfield

Just after 7:00 AM this morning, the Kern County Fire Department received a call for two gasoline tanks on fire in the 300 block of Mt. Vernon Ave. The first arriving crew encountered flames coming from the lower valves of each tank and flames from the access hatch on top of the rear tank. Workers from the facility advised that the tanks had been drained but there was a small amount of residual gasoline in the tanks. Fire crews applied Alcohol- Resistant Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AR-AFF) to the tanks and utilized a thermal imaging camera (TIC) to monitor heat and fire within the tanks. Nearby tanks were threatened but firefighters were able to protect them and no damage was sustained to those tanks. The KCFD Haz-Mat Unit and KC Environmental Health crew responded to monitor and investigate. Once monitoring with the TIC indicated the fire was out, crews opened the upper hatches of the tanks and applied a dry chemical extinguisher to the inside of the tanks. Reports from the facility manager indicate that a forklift driving in close proximity to the tanks may have ignited a gas vapor cloud from the tanks. A private environmental company was contacted for clean-up.

Cooperating Agencies: Bakersfield Fire Department, Kern County Environmental Health




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