Bakersfield, CA — February 7, 2019, Kristina Stratton suffered fatal injuries due to an accident where her house burned down.
Investigators with the Bakersfield Fire Department reported that the accident happened just before midnight in the 10000 block of Cave Avenue.
At some point that night, a large fire broke out, quickly engulfing the home. Four children in the home were able to escape from a second-story window, but their mother, Kristina Stratton, succumbed to fatal injuries after helping her children escape. The children were taken to hospitals with various injuries, none of which appeared serious according to reports.
The factors surrounding the incident are still under investigation at this time.
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An unfortunately common mindset to see after accidents like this is people don’t think there’s much to investigate. After all, a house fire is usually just an unavoidable tragedy, right? Well, there are cases where those affected can hold someone accountable for their hardships. A lot of people live in homes that they’re renting. When that happens, there can be dangerous conditions on the property–faulty wiring, broken smoke detectors, etc.–which landlords have a duty to fix. If they fail to do so, they could be responsible for those conditions injuring or killing someone.
Of course, this is just one factor to consider after a shocking incident like this one. At the end of the day, there needs to be a thorough investigation by an experienced professional to find out exactly what caused this incident.
–Grossman Law Offices