By CBSLA Staff

BAKERSFIELD (CBSLA) – A television news station in Bakersfield was evacuated when a car caught fire just outside its building late Sunday night.

A car caught fire outside the KGET-TV station in Bakersfield, Calif., on March 21, 2021. (Credit: KERO-TV)

The incident occurred at about 11 p.m. during a newscast at KGET-TV in downtown Bakersfield, forcing the evacuation of the station.

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A Bakersfield police spokesperson told reporters that Bakersfield Fire Department crews responded and extinguished the blaze.

A short while later, a suspect was detained in connection with the blaze.

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“It does appear the fire was set intentionally,” Bakersfield Police Sgt. Sean Morphis said.

The suspect was not identified. There were no injuries.

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A possible motive for the fire was not confirmed. A bomb squad was also on scene.