Incident Name: Philippine Incident
Incident Time:

05:48:00 a.m.

Incident Date: 11-24-2018
Incident Type: Structure Fire
Agencies Assigned:

Engines 21, 22, 23, 34, 25, 53; Trucks 21, 65; Battalions 2, 6; Breathing Support 66; Safety Officer; PIO; Arson Investigator

Cause: Under Investigation
Injuries: one civilian
Structure Value Lost: $150,000
Structure Value Saved: $375,000
Total Personnel: 25

Taft, CA

At 5:48 a.m. the Kern County Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a structure in the 300 block of Philippine Avenue in Taft, CA. First arriving crews were faced with a two story structure on fire spreading to three additional buildings. Occupants were found to have evacuated prior to the fire departments arrival. Crews made an aggressive fire attack trying to contain the fire to the main building and at the same time stop the spread to the neighboring buildings. Fire personnel conducted a primary and secondary search to make sure that no victims were inside.
The fire was extinguished in approximately 25 minutes . The crews remained on scene for extensive overhaul of the building. Two additional buildings were damaged. An arson investigator was  requested to help determine cause.

There was a minor injury to a civilian, no firefighters were injured. However, due to damage to the structure 9 occupants were displaced and the Red Cross was contacted.

Assisting Agencies: Building Department, PG&E, Kern County Sheriff, CHP, and Red Cross.

Additional Information: The Kern County Fire Department would like to take this time to remind residents of the importance of having working smoke detectors in their homes, check them monthly and change your batteries as required. 

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