HERKIMER, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of boys aged one, six and seven years have been found in the charred rubble of a house that caught fire just before dawn in upstate New York.
Fire officials in Herkimer tell WKTV that two parents awakened by smoke detectors before 6 a.m. Friday unsuccessfully tried to save the three boys from the rapidly spreading fire. The adults exited the home and then attempted to go back in, but weren’t able to reach the children.
Firefighters battling the blaze in frigid temperatures had to rotate shifts to stay warm.
Officials did not immediately release the identities of the young victims, who were found with the help of police dogs.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.