Three children perish in mobile home fire

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Three young children have died in a late night mobile home fire at Pine Haven in the city's outer district.

Fire officials said the cause remains under investigation this morning.

Killed in the fire were Eliesse A. Croad, age 4; Patrick G. Croad III, age 3; and Temprince J. Croad, age 2, according to state police.

Parents Patrick G. Croad, age 25, and Gabrielle M. Croad, age 24, were able to escape the residence with minor burns shortly before midnight, authorities said. The parents also managed to rescue their 18-month-old daughter, Kaydence J. Croad. All three were taken to University Hospital in Syracuse for their burns.

Fire officials said the parents were woken up by the smoke detectors in the mobile home and they escaped out a back door with the infant. The bedrooms of the three older children were on the other side of the home, and officials said the family tried to go back in through the front door, but the fire was too intense.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they said the mobile home was full engulfed in flames, making rescue impossible.

"The fire was of such magnitude that it was impossible to enter the trailer," said Deputy Fire Chief Thomas A. Iacovissi this morning.

The flames were knocked down in about 15 minutes and the bodies were recovered from the bedrooms.

The state Office of Fire Prevention and Control will assist in the investigation. There is no indication that the fire was intentionally set, officials stated.

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