Sunday, March 20, 2016

Hangar fire causes $2 million in damages at Meadows Field Airport (KBFL), Bakersfield, Kern County, California

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A widow is still grieving Monday, after a hangar at Meadows Field Airport caught fire, destroying the invaluable contents inside.

The woman who owned the 5th wheel trailer and boat inside the storage area, said she was so upset about the fire, that when she got the initial phone call, she threw up.

She told 23 ABC that there were pictures, expensive fishing rods and other things inside both that she'll never be able to get back.

She said her children would often take the recreational vehicles out and bring her along, creating happy family memories. Now she's hoping insurance will cover some of the loss.

When it comes to how safe the hangar is now, the owner, Bakersfield Jet Center, said they're not letting anyone inside until it's cleared by a building inspector.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, according to Kern County Fire. According to Captain Tyler Townsend, there was nothing suspicious about this fire. Others say it was a fluke, and are happy no one was hurt.

The first responder to the fire was the brand new Crash Truck, ARFF, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting vehicle. The Meadows Field Airport Fire Station just cleared the vehicle four days ago, Sunday was it's first fire response.

One of the most advanced functions of the ARFF is the "snozzle". It's part crane, part camera and part fire hose.

The arm can extend fifty feet, it has an infrared camera on it to allow firefighters to see if there are any people on board. and there is a PAST, penetrating aircraft skin trainer, that pierces the plane and shoots water into the area to extinguish the fire.

In all this vehicle has four different hoses to extinguish a blaze. It carries 4,500 gallons of water, and the crew can respond to a plane on the runway during an emergency in less than 3 minutes.

The vehicle is made to be run by a one man crew, as only two men work the station at the airport.

On Sunday, when ARFF 2 responded to the blaze, because the fire was on the other side of the hangar, outside the airport, the vehicle could not do much. The firefighter instead helped provide access to other crews coming in.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. --   A fire at a hangar in Meadows Field Airport caused $2 million in damages this morning. 
It happened around 8:30 a.m. at the Bakersfield Jet Center managed by Loyd's Aviation.

Kern County firefighters said when they arrived the four-thousand-square-foot storage unit was enveloped in heavy smoke. 

But they were able to extinguish the fire in 25 minutes. 

A boat and aviation equipment were destroyed. 

Fire officials said $5 million in property was saved. 

The Bakersfield Jet Center released a statement saying a parked car in the hangar appeared to have started the blaze.

County fire officials haven't released the official cause.

Original article can be found here:

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A hangar fire was reported to the Kern County Fire Department just before 8:30 Sunday morning.While no one was injured, the fire caused approximately $2 million in damages, destroying a recreational vehicle, a boat and other property. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

First responders encountered heavy smoke coming from a 4,000 square foot metal building. After forcing entry into the building ,fire crews deployed hose lines to the front of the hangar and the fire was controlled in about 25 minutes.

The fire took place in a storage hangar managed by Loyd's Aviation.

"Kern County Fire responded excellently and quickly got the fire under control," Vice President of Operations Ryan Crowl said in a press release Sunday. "Loyd's Aviation staff participate in an annual fire safety course, and I am proud of the way they initially responded to this fire."

Loyd's Aviation said in the same press release that none of the aircraft stored by the company was damaged in the fire.

According to KCFD, the Bakersfield Fire Department, Kern County Sheriff's Office and Airport Security assisted in the operation.

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