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Child living in storage area dies in fire

Posted at 1:34 AM, Jan 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-03 22:51:18-05

UPDATE (7:30 p.m.): Kern County Code Compliance says the property where the fire happened has been known to attract transients, but that the owner has been proactive in keeping the area free of any violations.

Code Compliance has been called to the area before, but not since April 2017. The structure that caught fire appeared to be a makeshift addition built next to a vacant store on the corner of Niles and Sterling.


UPDATE (5:05 a.m.): Kern County Fire crews clarified that the child did not die in a storage container. The child and their family were squatting in a storage area behind a market near a storage container. 


UPDATE (2:42 a.m.): Kern County Fire crews say a child was killed in Wednesday morning's fire.

KCFD officials say a family of five was living inside a storage container next to a market. The container caught fire. 

KCFD says the family was squatting in the storage container. 

Officials say the child was 4 or 5 years old.

The child's mother and two others were injured in the blaze.

No other injuries were reported. 


Kern County Fire crews are working a fire in East Bakersfield on Wednesday morning. 

Crews were called to the scene just before 1 a.m. in the area of Niles Street and Sterling Road. 

It's not known if anyone was injured.