Kern County Sheriff's deputies who happened to be in the area of an east Bakersfield apartment fire Wednesday helped evacuate residents and then assisted county firefighters in identifying the man who allegedly set the blaze.

Jose Aparicio-Velasquez, 33, was arrested on suspicion of arson of an inhabited structure. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

The fire at the apartment complexes at 1820 and 1840 Quincy St. was controlled by firefighters.