Southeast Bakersfield

Seatrains destroyed by fire at citrus business

Seatrains destroyed by fire at citrus business

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A fire briefly threatened two structures, including a business office at a citrus operation on South Edison Road Monday night.

Kern County Fire spokesman Corey Wilford said the fire destroyed two seatrains - giant steel storage containers - and their contents. But fire crews managed to keep the fire out of the business office and a warehouse facility at Big L Citrus.

The fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. Fire crews believed they were heading to a trash fire, but found the cargo containers fully engulfed in flames.

"Firefighting efforts were hampered by the lack of water supply in the area," said Wilford. "However we were able to draft from a nearby water tank."

One of the storage containers was filled with paper products. The other was filled with household products that Wilford said one would normally find in a garage, such as rags and buckets.

Damage is estimated at $30,000. But the value of the property saved it put around $500,000.

The cause of the fire wasn't immediately known.