Young California woman burned alive, say neighbors who heard her screaming as she died

A 23-year-old woman who died this weekend after being trapped in a fire is the victim of a homicide, her neighbors insist.

Danielle Karlen died in a fire in Oildale, near Bakersfield, California, where she was living in a shack with no electricity. Neighbors told local news station KGET 17 that the woman had broken up with her boyfriend earlier that day.

Some said they could hear her screaming as she was burning to death, and didn’t understand how she was able to escape since the shack had no door.

“I can’t get it out of my head…I keep hearing her scream. Let me out…help…let me out. And it just keeps going over and over in my head and I can’t get it out,” Danielle’s neighbor Bobby Smith told KGET 17.

Smith is bound to a wheelchair and says it haunts him that he wasn’t able to help her. His trailer also burned down in the fire.

“I wanted to [help], but my feet don’t work like that. I couldn’t get around there in time,” he said.

Neighbor Dana Demmit told the news station she did not believe the deadly fire was an accident.

“There was a tarp where the door was, there was no door. I think somebody tied her up. How could she not get out? There was no door,” Dammit said.

Both the Kern County Fire Department and the¬†Kern County Sheriff’s office told KGET 17 that they could not release any information about the deadly fire.

Anyone with information about Danielle’s death is urged to call¬†Secret Witness at 661-322-4040.


Photo: KGET 17 Screenshot