BAKERSFIELD (AP) — Two toddlers were killed Friday in a trailer fire in Central California that was accidentally started by two older children playing with matches, authorities said.
Two girls, believed to be about two or three years old, died when the fire consumed the empty trailer on a vacant lot on the edge of Bakersfield around 2 p.m., said Kern County Fire Department Capt. Tommy Brown.
The girls were playing in the trailer with two boys, believed to be four or five years old, Brown said. The boys were playing with matches when the trailer caught on fire, he said.
The boys were able to escape the flames, but the two girls were trapped inside as the fire spread through the trailer.
“Somehow the two toddlers were left in the trailer,” Brown said. “When our firefighters arrived on scene the trailer was totally involved.”
After fire crews doused the fire and were able to enter, they found the two girls dead in the back area of the trailer.
No names have been released. The four children apparently played together on a regular basis, Brown said.
The boys were with family members as the incident was being investigated.
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