Calif. FDs Saves $5M in Big Lot Fire


The Kern County Fire Department and Bakersfield City Fire Department were able to save $5 million in value to the Big Lot building after a fire broke out inside the store.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the KCFD received a call for a structure fire in the 1100 block of Olive Drive in Oildale at the Big Lots store, a 60,000 sq ft commercial structure, had caught fire.

Approximately 40 Kern County Firefighters responded to the incident, with assistance from Bakersfield City firefighters.

When crews arrived, they said they ere faced with an alarm sounding indicating that the sprinkler system had activated.

An aggressive interior attack of the fire was started; simultaneously crews went to the roof to ventilate and check for fire extension. Interior crews were able to establish that the sprinkler system was keeping the fire in check and were subsequently able to knock the fire down very quickly. Six sprinkler heads actuated and prevented significant fire damage.

During the evacuation of the building, Sean Collins said one person suffered a leg injury and was transported to a local area hospital.

Collins said Firefighters were able to save approximately $5 million in value to the building and contents. However, the fire destroyed an estimated $250,000 to the contents.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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