Link to GoFundMe from Banaceks Bartender below
BAKERSFIELD, California (KGET) – Owners of three Oildale businesses are digging through the rubble of their destroyed shops to remember on Tuesday. All this as a result of the fire that ravaged these shops on Saturday.
According to the Kern County Fire Department, it started as a brush fire. The fire started next to a homeless camp behind Dick’s Automotive and Service on State Road near Olive Drive.
The Arliss Trailerssports motorcycle shop then caught fire. The business had dozens of customers who maintained their bikes. Those bikes are now gone.
The owner’s children were an important part of the business.
“My brother and I used to take seats and make tires, carburetors and a lot of things here,” said Cash Sala, son of motorcycle shop owner Arliss Trailersports. “It was very sad that it burned. In fact, we spent a couple of summers here.”
Banaceks, a popular 41-year-old billiard and a social destination for locals, also burned down.
“People have to realize that this is not just a bar,” said Melissa Britt, the owner of Banaceks.
Britt said more than 30 regulars have called this site home. Her eldest son’s wedding was held there. Along with baby showers and funerals.
“I don’t know,” Britt said. “It simply came to our notice then. That’s all there is to it. “
Britt said he wants to reopen Banaceks but it will take time.
“I only know one thing for sure, my landlord said they won’t be rebuilt here,” Brit said. “I will do my best to get them back to work, but that is my hope.”
The owners are talking to their insurance companies, but the waiters are still out of work and need your help.
You can find his GoFundMe link to help the waiters here.