Fire In Northern NY Kills 2 Children, Another Hurt

Jul 1, 2014

State police say two children are dead after a house fire in northern New York.

Police say the fire was reported at about 9:30 Monday evening in the Adirondack Mountain hamlet of Harkness in the town of AuSable, about 20 miles south of Plattsburgh.  According to the Plattsburgh Press Republican 23-year-old Penny Stone was babysitting three along with her two children.

Troopers say Stone found a bedroom on fire and tried unsuccessfully to put out the flames before escaping with her 2- and 4-year-old children.

Relatives next door rescued 6-month-old Raelynn Burnham but couldn't save 7-year-old Tucker nor 4-year-old Payden Burnham because of the heat and smoke.

Police say the infant is in critical condition Tuesday at a Massachusetts hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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