Firefighters: Toddlers die in blaze sparked by kids with matches

Firefighters: Toddlers die in blaze sparked by kids with matches
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Two toddlers were killed Friday in a trailer fire on the eastern edge of Bakersfield.

"It's so sad," said neighbor Teresa Rivera as she struggled to hold back tears.

The toddlers, Yanira Camacho and America Tejada were cousins said Juan Camacho, father of Yanida.

The girls, estimated to be 2 or 3 years old, perished in a vacant trailer off the 12200 block of Atlantic Street just behind the post office in Edison, Kern County firefighters said.

It's unknown how the children gained access to the unoccupied trailer.

They were reportedly playing in the trailer with two boys, estimated to be 4 to 5 years old. Firefighters said the boys were playing with matches and caught the trailer on fire. They boys left the trailer, shutting the door behind them, firefighters said.

The girls weren't able to open the door and were trapped as the trailer burned to the ground, according to firefighters.

There was no indication that the boys intentionally set the fire or that they intentionally trapped the girls, firefighters said.

All four children live near the trailer.

It's unknown who was caring for the children at the time. Social workers from Kern County Child Protective Services were on also on hand interviewing family members.

The fire remains under investigation.