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

July 24, 2018
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New York State Police and a local firefighter examine the charred remains of a mobile home in Rome, N.Y., Tuesday, July 24, 2018. A fast-moving fire destroyed the central New York trailer home on Monday, July 23. Authorities say three young children have been killed and a fourth child and their parents are hospitalized. (Peter Franchell/Observer-Dispatch via AP)

ROME, N.Y. (AP) — A fast-moving fire destroyed a family’s central New York trailer home, killing three young children and injuring a fourth child and their parents, authorities said Tuesday.

State police said 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 engulfed the home of Patrick and Gabrielle Croad when emergency crews arrived, troopers said.

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

The fourth child, 1-year-old Kaydence, was being treated at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse or burns to both arms, troopers said. The parents were taken to the same hospital. Patrick Croad, 25, was being evaluated, while his 24-year-old wife, Gabrielle, was being treated for second-degree burns, police said.

The cause of the blaze is being investigated. Fire officials told the Rome Sentinel that there’s no indication the fire was intentionally set.

Officials said smoke detectors in the mobile home woke the parents, who managed to escape out a back door with the infant. Patrick and Gabrielle Croad tried to go back in through the front door to reach their three other children, but the fire was too intense, officials said.

When fire crews arrived on the scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames.

“The fire was of such magnitude that it was impossible to enter the trailer,” Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Iacovissi told the newspaper.

Firefighters doused the flames in about 15 minutes. The bodies of the three children were found in their bedrooms, officials said.

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