Thursday house fire investigated

Thursday  house fire  investigatedBy BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Kern County firefighters extinguished a fire in the 300 block of Moyer Street that gutted a home early Thursday morning.

Witnesses in the neighborhood also reported hearing an explosion eminating from the residence.

“There was a fire and there was an explosion,” said Ridgecrest Police Sgt. Mike Atkins. “But we don’t know that the fire was caused by an explosion. At this point it’s suspected arson, but it’s still under investigation.”

At press time officials from the Kern County Fire Department had not responded to requests for information. Additional details will be reported as they become available.

Pictured: Firefighters battling the fully involved blaze. -- Courtesy Photo

Story First Published: 2017-08-18