California Firefighters Escape Collapsing Home

BAKERSFIELD -- Dozens of firefighters escaped a house before it collapsed underneath a raging fire in downtown Bakersfield.

Bakersfield Fire Battalion Chief Ross Kelly said a two-story home on the corner of Oleander Avenue and Maple Street caught fire just before 11 p.m. Monday.

The blaze threatened two neighboring homes, and it took 32 firefighters to extinguish it.

As a fire crew attacked the fire from the inside, Kelly said, the balcony and its surrounding walls began to collapse.

The firefighters were evacuated before the walls fell into the building.

Kelly said all residents were able to get out of the building safely.

Firefighters prevented the flames from spreading to surrounding homes.

Crews stayed at the scene for most of the evening to insure the stability of the structure.

No injuries were reported.

The cause is still under investigation.

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