No injuries, cause still under investigation

A two-alarm fire destroyed two houses and damaged a third in South Taft Friday.

The fire broke out on the 1000 block Stevens Street just east of General Petroleum about 11:20 a.m., sending a large column of black smoke over the area.

Before it was controlled about an hour later, one home was burned to the ground, a second destroyed and a third damaged.

Firefighters reported heavy smoke as they left their station on Tenth Street.

Upon their arrival, one structure was engulfed in flames, and a second house, immediately to the west of te first house, was partially engulfed.
The fire also spread to a third house just west of the first two at the corner of Ward and General Petroleum.

At least two of the homes were occupied, firefighters believe.

There were no injuries, according to preliminary reports from the scene.

Firefighters searched through the rubble after the initial knockdown.
The cause has not been released.

However, there were unconfirmed reports from the scene that electrical popping sounds were heard when the fire broke out.

Engines from Taft, Maricopa, Fellows, Old river and northwest Bakersfield responded to the fire.

Stevens Street and Ward Street are both closed by law enforcement officers,G is closed south of Wood and and Wood was partially blocked by a fire hose.

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