Fire rips through Lamont clothing store

LAMONT, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) A clothing store was decimated by fire Wednesday afternoon on Main Street in Lamont.

The Kern County Fire Department said it was faced with "heavy smoke and fire" from the end unit of an 8,000-square-foot commercial center. Sebril Outlet, which had been open earlier in the day, appeared to be destroyed, but the fire department said it was able to save about $600,000 worth of property.

The "fuel load and fire progression" proved challenging, and crews exited the building and went into a defensive operation, according to the fire department.

No injuries were reported in the fire. An estimated $200,000 worth of property was destroyed.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.