Vacant house on Rose, shed on North Street burn

Two structure fires have been reported in Taft in the past four days and both may be linked to transients.

Both fires broke out in the early morning hours and both were in vacant structures.

A house on Rose Avenue sustained major damage in a fire that broke out just after 1 a.m. on Jan. 18 and another fire destroyed an out building in the 500 block of North Street Tuesday morning.

Tuesday's fire was reported in a small wood-frame corrugated metal structure behind a vacant house at 527 North Street at 5:56 a.m.
Kern County firefighters had the fire knocked down quickly and contained it to the one structure.

The cause is under investigation.

City Manager Craig Jones said the house at that address has been posted as unsafe for occupancy and boarded up.

Police, too have had several calls there and as recently as last Thursday ordered transients off the property. Jones said the city will be working with fire investigators

Just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning, fire caused extensive damage to a vacant house on the 300 block of Rose Avenue. Firefighters were on scene there for nearly 3 hours.
They said transients or squatters were the most likely cause.

In addition to the two structure fires, a car was destroyed by fire on Ash Street near Madison Saturday afternoon.