Four dead in Elmira house fire
Sat, 31 Aug 2013 21:30:02 GMT —
A family member confirms that four children from 5 to 17 years old have died after fire gutted the home where they were living.
Paula Parker tells the Elmira Star-Gazette Sunday that she's the aunt of the victims, who were living for the past year with their mother at the home Parker and her husband own in Elmira, near the Pennsylvania border.
Parker identified the victims as 17-year-old Courtney Stanton, 10-year-old Amera Mansour, 7-year-old Nidal Mansour, and 5-year-old Jordan Mansour. They're the children of Parker's sister-in-law, Tina Parker.
Elmira police on Sunday said they wouldn't release the names or any details of the investigation into Friday night's fire until Monday or Tuesday.
Elmira funeral director Kevin McInerny confirmed the victims' names on Sunday and said funeral plans weren't completed.
There's now a memorial of flowers in front of the burned-out Elmira home, where four children were trapped in flames.
The memorial also includes the victims' names scrawled on a sidewalk, with 'RIP' as part of the message.
The children, ages 5 to 15, were trapped on a second floor when their Morrow Street home was reported on fire just before 9:30 on Friday night. When firefighters got there, the front of the home was engulfed in flames. All died Saturday, after being pulled from the house and hospitalized.
Neighbor Glen Bolt tells the Elmira Star Gazette he ran across the street when he saw flames pouring out of the home and helped another resident smash windows, hoping the kids could escape.
The fire's cause remains under investigation.