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Two girls die, trapped in trailer engulfed by flame

Two toddlers died in a fire that broke out Friday at a trailer home near Bakersfield.

The fire occurred in the town of Edison where the girls, believed to be about 2 and 3 years old, were playing with two older boys, about 4 and 5.

The Kern County Fire Department told the Bakersfield Californian that one of the boys might have struck a match that sparked the blaze and that the two girls were trapped had no way out of the burning trailer.

They died of smoke inhalation.

Witnesses told KGET-TV that by the time they saw the flames, it was too late to save the girls, who were in a back bedroom.

"They said there might be babies there so we broke a few windows .... But we could not do anything. It was already out of control," witness Gabriel Olvera told the station.

The parents came on the scene and were overcome, witnesses said.

The case is still under investigation.

-- Shelby Grad

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