Elmira grieves four young victims in house fire

Chemung County Mental Health personnel and Elmira City School District officials are planning grief counseling for the first day of school, in the aftermath of a house fire that killed four children.

The Elmira Star-Gazette reports that the officials will meet Tuesday to plan for when school opens on Wednesday.

Three elementary school children and one in high school died in a fire Friday night at a home in Elmira, near the Pennsylvania border. Police and fire officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.

Police on Monday confirmed the victims' names as 17-year-old Courtney Stanton, 10-year-old Amera Mansour, 7-year-old Nidal Mansour, and 5-year-old Jordan Mansour. Their mother, Tina Parker, and another daughter weren't home when the fire broke out around 9:20 Friday night.