BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a 2-year-old child that was killed in an apartment fire in east Bakersfield, according to KCSO.
Officials said Cataleena Rutledge, 2, of Bakersfield, was the child who died in the Oct. 6 fire on E. 5th Street and Union Avenue just after 9 p.m.
Bakersfield Fire Department Fire Chief Tim Ortiz said the fire was contained to a single apartment and injured two people. The father of the deceased two-year-old suffered third degree burns, while a separate child suffered smoke inhalation. Both victims were transported to Memorial hospital.
The father remains hospitalized and his current condition is unknown. The child has since been released from the hospital and is at home with family, according to Ortiz.
The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation.
The Kern County Coroner’s office will release the official cause of death at a later time.