Firefighting efforts hampered by downed power lines

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Efforts to put out a fire at a home in east Bakersfield were hampered Friday evening by downed power lines.

The fire in the 400 block of Hill St. was reported around 6:40 p.m.

Smoke was coming from the vents below the home's eves when the first crew arrived. As firefighters made entry into the side of the home, power lines came down and forced them to back out.

They ended up fighting the fire from the home's attic.

No one was hurt. Damage is estimated at $50,000.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known.

Deputies and officers from the Bakersfield Police Dept. helped with traffic control. According to a Kern County Fire Dept. news release, Pioneer Drive was closed for approximately 2 hours between Hill and Tate Streets.