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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Fire damages duplex in Taft

  • Passers-by with fire extinguisher help prevent damage from being much worse, KCFD says

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  • A teenager is being credited with knocking down a house fire in Taft Wednesday and limiting
    damage to $5,000.
    Ryan Mankin, 18, was getting a ride home from school from his father when they drove past an apartment, which sits in a rear lot at 422 San Emidio St.
    Mankin grabbed a fire extinguisher and knocked the fire down, preventing it from spreading before Kern County firefighters arrived on scene and finished the job.
    “Quick thinking by Ryan and an aggressive attack by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to the adjacent apartment,” KCFD spokesman Derek Tisinger said.
    The fire started on a kitchen window by a candle that was left burning, Tisinger said.
    The fire caused an estimated $5,000 damage to the one apartment and spread into the wall and attic before it was knocked down.
    There was a save listed by the fire department of $65,000.
    The woman living in the damaged apartment will be staying with neighbors, Tisinger said.
     
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