A mother died saving her children from a fire

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Friends and neighbors are devastated after a mother of five died in a house fire in California.

Kristina Stratton’s home went up in flames Thursday night, but four children who were with her managed to get away.

“Great personality, she loved Jesus bubbly. When she walked in the room you knew she was there,” said Angelo Frazier, a pastor and family friend.

That’s how those who knew her describe 38-year-old Kristina Stratton.

Someone who would do anything for her five children, ranging in ages from 7 to 18.

And family friend and pastor Angelo Frazier says that is exactly what she did as her home went up in flames late last night.

“She went into the home late last night to try to save her kids,” Frazier said.

Frazier says four of the kids were inside the home at the time of the fire, and Stratton was unable to get them out.

He says the children were upstairs and as they heard her scream from downstairs, they jumped from the second story window and escaped.

When Kern County firefighters arrived on the scene they were unable to rescue Stratton.

A neighbor caught video of the home engulfed in flames.

“It was a really bad blaze, i heard crackling from my from my backdoor you could actually feel the heat from the fire, all the way from the house,” said Nicholas Grant, a neighbor. 

Family and friends sorted through what little remains were left today.

“It is just unspeakable heartbreak to have to do something like that when you lose a loved one, so you can imagine the raw emotions that are there,” Frazier

frazier says just three years ago, kristine lost her husband to cancer.

Now in the face of more adversity, those who knew stratton remember her as a hero.

“Kristine loved life, she loved doing things, she loved being involved, she loved bakersfield,” Frazier said.

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