Neighbors help put flames out

Fire damaged a Maricopa home on Saturday, but neighbors are credited with helping contain the fire before it caused more severe damage.

The fire was reported on the 700 block of Madera Street at 4:50 p.m.

No one was home when the fire broke out, the KCFD said, and neighbors called firefighters and used garden hoses on the fire before firefighters arrived.

The first Kern County Fire engine to respond finished extinguishing the fire on the exterior home. Additional crews then entered the home, determined that it was not occupied, and determined the fire had not reached the attic of the home and was under control in less than 10 minutes.
A fan was used to blow out hot smoke and gases from the structure and salvage covers were used to protect belongings during the overhaul process. A thermal imaging camera was used to search for potential occupants and hidden fires in the attic.
The cause is under investigation.