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Discarded smoking material sparks apartment fire

Discarded smoking material sparks apartment fire »Play Video
An apartment complex is on fire on Eric Way near Mt. Vernon Avenue in Bakersfield, Calif., Wednesday, July 17, 2013. (KBAK/KBFX photo/John Raguindin)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Two apartments were damaged by fire after someone "discarded smoking material in a waste basket" Wednesday morning, according to the Bakersfield Fire Department.

The fire erupted around 6 a.m. at a 10-unit complex on Eric Way near Mt. Vernon Avenue. Two other apartments sustained smoke damage. Four families were evacuated or displaced, and the total estimated loss was $325,000, the fire department said.

No injuries were reported.

The fire department is considering the fire accidental.