Woman killed and her four children injured in house fire

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A massive fire call out overnight in Northwest Bakersfield as a family’s home goes up in flames.

A mother who was widowed nearly five years ago is dead, four of her children are in the hospital.

Late this afternoon, the family’s pastor confirmed to me that the mother wasn’t home when the fire started. When she got home, she did what any mother would do in that situation, she rushed in trying to save her kids. 

Kern County firefighters were called to the 10100 block of Cave Avenue in Northwest Bakersfield just before midnight.

When firefighters arrived, they started searching for people inside the home. Four young people made it out. 

The kids were transported to local hospitals for treatment of smoke inhalation and minor to moderate injuries, but one person was left inside the home

“In this fire we can confirm one fatality of an adult female,” said Andrew Freeborn, Kern County Fire Department.

A next door neighbor we talked to says that women was the children’s mother. He also said her oldest daughter had arrived shortly after the fire started.

“She’s a hard working women, she raised five kids, and she took care of those babies for a long time,” said Gary Shrider, neighbor.

A family familiar with loss. Shrider says the family saw their father pass away a few years ago.

“He passed away with cancer, she was just taking care of everything and she was doing a good job too,” said Shrider.

He’s lived next door to the family for nine years.

“I’d look out there in the yard and see 15 kids out there playing football and basketball, the girls out there laughing, it’s a good neighborhood,” said Shrider.

A tight knit neighborhood now missing one of their own.

Arson investigators are looking into what may have sparked this deadly fire. 

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