A fire destroyed a vacant house in east Bakersfield Tuesday morning.
Bakersfield Fire Capt. Chad Mullen said the fire was reported about 8:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of Jefferson Street, and firefighters arrived to find the entire structure involved in flames. The blaze threatened an occupied house to its east, and firefighters focused their efforts on that side and contained the fire within a few minutes.
The vacant home was a total loss, and an arson investigator was at the scene. Charred planks of wood were strewn across the sodden ground.
Mullen said no one was injured, and an investigation is ongoing. He said the cause could have been arson, but it may also have been caused by vagrants who started a fire to try to keep warm.