Fire claims Southlake home

Photo by Dennis Melby / Special to the Sun


By Clayton Huckaby
Kern Valley Sun

On Monday, May 1, at approximately 2:53 p.m., a structure fire in the 3700 block of Goat Ranch Rd. was reported.

At the time, all of the Kern River Valley engines were covering the Fay Ranch fire that broke out earlier in the day. According to Captain Jason Knaggs of the Kern County Fire Department, the first engine to respond to the fire was KCFD Engine 53 from the Bakersfield area. It was sent to cover the valley while the regular engines were preoccupied with the Fay Ranch Fire.

In total, four engines and 14 firefighters responded to the scene. Engine 74 out of Ridgecrest, Engine 378 out of Walker Basin and Engine 336 out of Glennville were all dispatched to aid Engine 53.

According to Captain Knaggs, the fire resulted in an estimated loss of about $100,000 in home and property value and is considered a total loss. Fortunately, the firefighters on scene were able to confine the fire to one home and prevent it from spreading to other nearby homes.

The cause of the fire has yet to be released by KCFD.