Bakersfield Fire reviewing deadly fire incident after dead body went unnoticed by firefighters

KEROPublished: November 21, 2017Updated: November 22, 2017
Published: November 21, 2017Updated: November 22, 2017

The Bakersfield Fire Department is reviewing their actions after a deadly fire in east Bakersfield last week. A dead body was found in the burned building more than 12 hours after the fire.  BFD said crews responded to a single-family residential/converted garage structure fire on E. California Avenue near Inyo Street Thursday, November 16th. Firefighters used forcible entry to help crews with an interior search of the structure once the fire had been extinguished. Several windows and a door were boarded up upon arrival, along with no utilities to the structure. Fire crews did not initially find a body in the abandoned building, but Friday morning around 8:30 the Solid Waste Department responded to the location to clean up some of the charred debris.  That's when crews found the body. Solid Waste called the police and Bakersfield Police responded.  They are now investigating the death as suspicious, but officials do believe it was in the building during the fire.

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