Another large fire wreaks havoc in a mall, this time in South Bakersfield | New

Just 32 hours after a three-alarm fire destroyed historic structures in downtown Bakersfield on Wednesday, another three-alarm fire tore through commercial businesses in South Bakersfield early Friday morning, causing heavy damage to two retail stores and a fitness center in the 2300 block of Voie Blanche.

The fire started outdoors at a loading dock, one of several recent outdoor fires at the same location that were, unlike Friday’s blaze, quickly brought under control by first responders, the Bakersfield Fire Department spokesman Brian Bowman.

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