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Woman dies while saving her four children from house fire

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The four children who escaped were left with minor to moderate injuries and treated at a local hospital, according to the Kern County Fire Department.

A GoFundMe page, set up by Inspire Charter School, said Stratton was a widow who homeschooled three of her children, ages 8, 9 and 10. The page had raised nearly $9,000 in donations by Friday evening.

Firefighters were called to the 10000 block of Cave Avenue just before midnight, according to the a news release. Upon arrival, they were told Stratton was still inside the burning residence.

She was found dead during a search, firefighters said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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