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3 children killed, 4th child and parents hurt in house fire

July 24, 2018

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — A fast-moving fire destroyed a family’s central New York trailer home and authorities say three young children have been killed and a fourth child and their parents are hospitalized.

State police say Oneida County 911 dispatchers received a call late Monday night reporting the fire in the city of Rome, 35 miles (56 kilometers) east of Syracuse.

Intense flames were engulfing the home of Patrick and Gabrielle Croad when emergency crews arrived.

Troopers have identified the dead children as 2-year-old Temprince, 3-year-old Patrick III, and 4-year-old Elise.

One-year-old Kaydence is being treated at a Syracuse hospital for burns to both arms. The 25-year-old father is being evaluated, while the 24-year-old mother is being treated for second-degree burns.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

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