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Wednesday, Jun 19 2013 09:58 PM

House fire in Oildale leaves toddler dead

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    Darrell Wilkerson and his son Darrell Jr. bring a teddy bear on June 20 to the makeshift memorial in the 300 block of Washington Avenue where a 21-month-old child received fatal injuries June 19 in a fire at the house. Wilkerson lives just a few houses down.

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    By Felix Adamo / The Californian

    A fire June 19 at this residence in the 300 block of Washington Avenue claimed the life of a 21-month-old child.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

A 21-month-old child died Wednesday in an intense house fire in Oildale.

The child was identfied by the coroner as Aiden McDonald.

Kern County Fire Department officials said several reports began coming in at 6:20 p.m. Units dispatched to the scene, in the 300 block of Washington Avenue, found heavy smoke and fire coming out of two sides of an 1,800-square-foot, two-story home, including flames coming from the front door.

Despite the conditions, firefighters began a rapid, detailed search of the building. The child was found with "fatal injuries," the fire department said. The coroner's office said the child was found inside the home.

Other crews set up a water supply and fought the fire and worked to protect neighboring buildings.

KBFX-TV reported that three children were rescued by neighbors and hospitalized. The station said the baby was found in a rear bedroom.

Distraught people were seen in front of the house as firefighters mopped up, the station reported. It said sheriff's deputies were called out to assist in crowd control.

It took just over half an hour to put down the fire. Officials said the home was destroyed. Five engines, two trucks and 34 firefighters were deployed, the fire department said.

No further information about the child's family was immediately available. An investigation is underway.

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