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Part of KGET Building Collapses Before Saturday Night’s Newscast

Bakersfield NBC affiliate KGET made the top of its own newscast Saturday night when the facade of the station’s building fell to the ground just before 10:00 p.m.

Calling it a “Boom in The Night,” anchor Kelsey Thomas told viewers she was putting a story together for the 11:00 p.m. news when she heard a loud boom. Thomas said the lights went out. Meteorologist Rob Martin told viewers he, the show’s director and the master control operator went outside to check things out. “I just looked,” said Martin. “And I was like, Whoa!”

“The building sustained a lot of broken glass and damage to the entry area of the building,” said Bakersfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Gary Turner in KGET’s report. “Fortunately no one was on the sidewalk.”

“Damage to the structure (is) probably set at around $20,000 and the building department is looking into the incident,”  Turner told The Bakersfield Californian. There’s no word what caused the collapse.

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KGET Reporter Kelsey Thomas Shoved While Covering Story at Trailer Park

It what seems to be an increasingly common occurrence, a reporter and photojournalist from KGET in Bakersfield, CA were physically confronted while covering on a story.

Kelsey Thomas was at the ironically named Oasis Village trailer park this week to cover an ongoing dispute between residents, who are complaining about infrequent trash removal, and the park’s owner Babby Kurian.  Thomas confronted Kurian about the issue on Tuesday and he proceeded to shove Thomas and her photographer out of his office.

Thomas, who has been with KGET since last summer, is seen on video stumbling forward as Kurian angrily shoves her from behind (video above).

Kurian called the station that evening to apologize for his actions.