- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ST. REGIS INDIAN RESERVATION, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that killed a father and his two young sons at their home on the Mohawk Indian reservation in northern New York.

Officials tell local media outlets that the fire happened around 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Jarius Chrisjohn’s home on the American side of the reservation, which straddles the U.S.-Canada border in Franklin County.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police identified the victims as the 46-year-old Chrisjohn and his two sons, 3-year-old Hunter and 5-year-old Javin. Police say a 27-year-old woman and her 8-year-old son escaped the burning home.

Tribal officials say an investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. State police and county and state fire investigators are also involved.

The reservation in Quebec and northern New York is 165 miles northwest of Albany.


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