Woman dies while saving her four children from house fire
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.