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4 children killed in Elmira, N.Y., house fire: report

- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 1, 2013

A fire tore through a two-story home in Elmira, N.Y., on Friday night and killed four children, neighbors said.

Firefighters pulled the four victims from the burning home, south of New York's Finger Lakes near the Pennsylvania border, but the victims died later, the Elmira Star-Gazette reported.

Police didn't immediately release the names and ages of the victims but confirmed on Saturday that children were among them, The Associated Press said.

Neighbor Glen Bolt, who rushed to the scene when he saw the flames, told the Star-Gazette that the children in the home ranged in age from around 5 to 15.

"Me and the neighbor there busted the windows out, hoping the kids would come through that window," he said. "But by that time the smoke had already got them."

The cause and circumstances of the fire were under investigation, police said.

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