Accidental stove fire leaves pregnant woman dead

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A pregnant woman about 30 years old was found dead in a burning building that had been illegally converted to a residence, officials said.

Bakersfield Fire crews responded to a structure fire on the 700 block of Eye Street at about 5 a.m. Saturday.

Crews controlled the fire in about 15 minutes.

The dead woman was found behind a door of the building.

Officials said the building was a smokehouse that had been converted into temporary housing. It appeared to be a converted illegal living quarters with numerous violations.

Arson investigators said the fire was due to an old wood stove. Some of the wood in the stove rolled out, causing combustible items on the floor to ignite.

No firefighters were injured.

The cost of property damage is estimated at $35,000.

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