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Houses destroyed, horses killed in Oildale fire

A fire rages in the area of Willow Drive in Oildale, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Kristen Powers)

On Monday, a fire in Oildale destroyed several homes, burned cars and left at least five horses dead.

The fire erupted around 1:30 p.m. just north of the Kern River on land near Willow Drive and South Oildale Drive.

No people were injured that firefighters know of, according to Kern County Fire Department Capt. Jason Knaggs.

Their main priority this afternoon was evacuating houses and getting people to safety.

The damage is still being evaluated, but as of 6 p.m., fire officials said they can confirm three houses were destroyed, 45 cars burned, five horses killed and 17 acres burned. As the investigation continues, these numbers may rise.

Most of the area is filled with stables, sheds and cars that people on scene said were collectibles and were being restored.

The fire was spread quickly by strong winds. About 60 firefighters were on scene to contain it.

A helicopter was also on scene fighting the fire by air.

Riverview church is located near the scene at 315 May Street. Church officials said the doors are open for anyone who wants help, is displaced, needs food or water during this time.


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