3 children, 1 adult dead in Schenectady, NY, fire
By MARY ESCH
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) -- An early morning fire swept through a two-story wood frame house in eastern New York on Thursday, killing four people, including three children, and injuring a fourth child, authorities said.
Officials told local media that the injured child was taken to a burn unit at Westchester Medical Center.
The fire in the city of Schenectady, just west of the capital of Albany, broke out shortly after 4 a.m. It was the third fire of the night in the city of about 66,000 people and struck shortly after firefighters fought another blaze about a half-mile away.
Fire Chief Michael Della Rocco told The Daily Gazette the investigation will look for any connections between the fires, but he said they are believed to be unrelated.
The house, gray with maroon trim, was tucked closely between two other two-story homes on the residential street where many of the houses are two-family. The second-floor was gutted and the roof gone. The fire curled siding on the house next door, separated by a narrow alley barely the width of a car and filled with charred debris.
Shane Conway, who lives on the first floor of the house, told The Daily Gazette that he awoke around 4:30 a.m. to the shouts of his stepfather's girlfriend.
"I got up, got everyone out, made sure my son got out," Conway told the paper.
Three children and four adults escaped the first-floor dwelling.
James Moloney, who also lives downstairs, said he could hear what he thought were smoke detector alarms.
"I wanted to go back in to see if I could get any of them, but you can't," Moloney told the paper. "It was fully engulfed."
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