KCFD: 1 dead, 4 hospitalized following Cave Avenue house fire

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UPDATE (Feb. 8, 4:30 p.m.): A large outpouring of support is now going toward the family involved in a house fire in Northwest Bakersfield overnight. 

GoFundMe account has been set up for the family of a mother who died in the house fire.

So far, more than $7,600 has been raised for the family, surpassing its beginning $3,000 goal.

Clothing donations are also being accepted for the mother’s children who survived the fire.

Riverlakes Community Church and North Bakersfield Toyota are also collecting items.

They are asking for donations for the woman’s children ranging in age from 6 to college aged.

College-aged girl sizes: Large shirt, 13 pants, 10 shoes
17-year-old girl sizes: Small/medium shirt, 1 or 2 pants, 10 shoes 
10-year-old boy sizes: 10 shirt, 10 pants, 4 shoes
8-year-old girl sizes: 10 shirt, 10 pants, 3 shoes
6-year-old girl sizes: 8 shirt, 8 pants, 1 shoes

Riverlakes Community Church is also asking for toiletries, toys, or gift cards.

You can drop off items at North Bakersfield Toyota at 19651 Industry Park Way Drive. Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.; Saturday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can also drop off items Riverlakes Community Church is also accepting those donations. You can drop them off at 4301 Calloway Drive. Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Friday between 9 a.m. and noon.

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Kern County fire officials confirmed one woman was killed and four minors have been hospitalized following a fire at a home in Northwest Bakersfield, early Friday morning.

City and county firefighters were called to the fire just before midnight Thursday in the 10100 block of Cave Avenue in Northwest Bakersfield.

The fire was declared a knockdown by county fire at 12:41 a.m. Friday.

Four minors were taken to area hospitals for what was described as light to moderate smoke inhalation. KCFD Capt. Andrew Freeborn did not specify the minor’s ages. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The woman’s identity will be released by the Kern County Coroner’s Office.

On Friday, interim fire chief David Witt released a statement expressing grief over the tragedy and urged families take precautions and make an escape plans for fire.

Read Chief Witt’s statement below:

As your Kern County Interim Fire Chief, I never want to wake up in the middle of the night to hear about someone dying because of a fire. The tragic events of last night make our community sit up and take notice.

House fires are somewhat common. We have to be vigilant, as families, to prepare and practice what needs to be done before, during and even after a fire. I’d like to take this time to remind everyone about some of the pillars of being fire safe in the home:

1. Make sure you and your family have a fire escape plan.

· Walk through your home and go through all possible exits and escape routes

· Know two ways out of each room

· Choose a meeting place a safe distance away from the home where, everyone can meet after they have escaped

· Once you are out, stay out! Then, call 911.

2. Close the door. A closed door in a home can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

3. Always have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

· Install smoke alarms inside every sleeping room, outside every sleeping area, and on every level on the home

4. Always remember, in any emergency, call 911.

For more information on home fire safety, visit our website kerncountyfire.org.

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