Puppies killed in Bakersfield house fire

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A home in central Bakersfield was destroyed by fire Sunday afternoon, along with a litter of puppies.

Smoke from the fire in the 900 block of M Street could be seen for miles. The fire was reported just after 1:30 p.m. and a city fire spokesman said if crews had arrived any sooner than they did - there would have been a lot of injuries.

That's because the fire flashed shortly after the first engine got on scene. Bakersfield Battalion Chief Ken Wiggins said it blew out all the windows and threatened homes to the north and south.

While the home was considered a total loss, valued around $125,000, the cause of the fire was ruled accidental.

A litter of seven puppies perished in the fire, but Wiggins said one dog was saved and the two people who lived in the home were able to get out safely.