Fire breaks out on Naylor Avenue early Thursday

Fire destroyed a vacant house and damaged two adjacent occupied homes on the 300 block of Naylor Avenue in South Taft Thursday morning.

The fire is being called suspicious and is under investigation by Kern County Fire Department arson investigators.

Kern County Sheriffs deputies Taft Police discovered the fire after responding to a report of a trespasser in the structure where the fire broke out.

The fire spread rapidly, engulfing the wood frame home and two large palm trees in the front yard.

It spread to an adjacent home to the north, forcing the residents to flee into the street.

The KCFD sent a reinforced structure response with an engine and truck from Taft and engines from Maricopa, Fellows and McKittrick.

Two arson investigators, a battalion chief and a safety officer also responded.
The house to the north sustained moderate fire damage to the exterior and roof, Battalion Chief John Savarese said, and a building inspector was called in from Bakersfield to determine if the house was still habitable.

The house to the south sustained minor damage.

No injuries were reported.