Siblings die in house fire near Kingsburg

Fatal house fire claims the lives of two young children despite mother’s heroic efforts

A fire on the morning of March 17th leaves behind the charred shell of a home on Kamm Avenue Kingsburg. (Kenny Goodman)
Darren Fraser
Published March 19, 2024  • 
11:00 am

KINGSBURG – A house fire near Kingsburg has resulted in a tragedy after two children, ages 8 and 6, died after becoming trapped in the home. 

The event transpired on March 17. The house was located in the 12000 block of East Kamm Avenue, north of Kingsburg. The children’s mother attempted to save her children by using her SUV as a battering ram in an attempt to breach a hole in the side of the home, but was ultimately unsuccessful. 

The fire occurred in the morning, according to Fresno County Fire Battalion Chief Seth Brown. He said his department began receiving calls at 9:30 a.m. regarding a house and vehicle on fire. Fresno County Fire, assisted by crews from Selma Fire Department, Kingsburg Fire Department and Kings County Fire Department, arrived on scene to find the car and house fully engulfed by flames.

After crews knocked down the fires, they entered the home and found two children, deceased. They were later identified as brother and sister.

Multiple neighbors were on scene. Brown said when crews arrived, a few of the civilians attempted to render their assistance.

“There were some (who) actually even approached the fire engines to try to take equipment off the engines before the firefighters were able to get out,” Brown told The Fresno Bee.

According to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office (FSO), the children’s mother said she was in the home when the fire broke out. The fire prevented her from reaching her children, who were in another part of the house. She then got into her SUV and began ramming the side of the house to create an opening for her children to escape.

The mother suffered burns to her hands and face but her injuries are not considered life-threatening. Her home was completely destroyed.

Brown said Cal Fire is investigating but foul play is not suspected.

Darren Fraser