ELMIRA, N.Y. (August 31, 2013)--A house fire in the southern New York town of Elmira near the Pennsylvania border left four people dead.
The fire broke out at around 9:20 p.m. Friday in a two-story home on a tidy block in the small riverside city, authorities said.
Police didn't immediately release the names or ages of the victims or confirm neighbors’ reports that children were among the dead.
Neighbor Glen Bolt told the Elmira Star-Gazette that he ran across the street when he saw the flames pouring out of the home and helped another resident smash out windows in hopes the children could escape.
But no one emerged, he said.
Police say firefighters pulled four victims from the building and took them to the hospital.
None survived the night.
The cause was under investigation Saturday.