Firefighters also battled garage fire, grass fire in separate incidents

Fire caused major damage to a large Ford City home Wednesday on a busy afternoon for Kern County firefighters.

The Ford City fire broke out at about 1 p.m., less than half an hour after firefighters responded to a garage fire on San Emidio Street and sent fire engine responding from one fire to another.

They had knocked that fire down and were in the mop-up stages when the fire on Buchanan broke out

The Buchanan fire took 27 firefighters two hours to control and caused an estimated $220,000 loss.

The cause of the structure fires is under investigation.

It was burning in a large house - 2,000 square feet main structure with a 1,200 square foot two-story addition in the rear.

Heavy smoke and flames were pouring from the eaves and windows of the house as firefighters arrived and homes on either side of the burning house and a detached garage in the rear were threatened by the flames for a time.

Firefighters finally had it knocked down by about 3 p.m. and were able to search the home but found no one inside.

Despite the heavy damage, firefighters said the structure value saved was $300,000.

Six engines, a ladder truck, a support vehicle with extra air bottles, safety officer and two arson investigators responded to the fire.

Firefighters also responded to a brush fire near Derby Acres later in the afternoon.

That fire burned 1.67 acres.