Bakersfield residents who live in the Northwest suburbs were shocked to see a plume of black smoke rising in the sky today around 3:30 p.m. The source turned out to be a fire behind a single family, ranch style house near Lindalee Lane and Jewetta Avenue.
At least three Kern County Fire Department trucks as well as a Kern County Sheriff's cruiser responded to the fire. No cause of the fire was known at the time, however, a bystander speculated that it had begun in or near a shed in the backyard. Reportedly, someone has been living in the shed but that could not be confirmed.
The unnamed bystander also mentioned that Kern County Sheriffs had visited the house earlier this morning for unknown reasons. Whether the subsequent fire was related to that incident or not is unknown.
The fire was quickly brought under control with only traces of white smoke and steam visible by around 4 p.m. No further information is available at this time.
Smoke from fires such as this may be sources of toxic chemicals as well as particulate matter, whose health effects are well documented.