Firefighters find body of 21-month-old toddler in house fire

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A toddler has died in a house fire in Oildale.

The fire started early Wednesday evening on Washington Avenue.

Investigators are talking with neighbors as they work on finding the exact cause of this house fire.

Anthony Lazcano is holding his younger brothers and sister a little closer, after hearing about the death of his neighbor.

“I was in my room and I heard sirens going off. I come out to check and I see all the fire trucks and ambulance around.  I didn't know anything of it until I came out.  I just saw smoke coming out the window and I see a family crying on the side and I didn't know what was going on," said Lazcano.

Leaders with the Kern County Fire Department say an 21-month-old child was found inside the burning structure.

"It's kind of a sad thing to hear especially so close by, especially since I have four little brothers, so imagine what they're going through, just the feeling of losing a baby," said Lazcano.

Investigators say heavy smoke and fire was coming from the front and east of the two-story house. It took more than thirty personnel to battle the blaze.

"They had exposure just behind the actual building on the same address.  There's a second building, another residence and that building at one point was threaten, but firefighters were able to get back there and make an exposure stop," said Corey Wilford of the Kern County Fire Department.

Crews managed to pull a hose line through the front of the home to control the fire.  Officials say an investigation is now under way to see exactly how the fire started.

"We just don't know what it is yet.  It's really early in the investigation so, as things become more and more available we'll make sure we just get it out," he said.

Fire investigators estimate the house damage at about $140,000.

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