Two brothers in Strong Memorial Hospital after South Corning house fire

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Two injured in South Corning fire


Two new Go Fund Me pages have been created for the Bernard Brothers.

Go Fund Me and Go Fund Me

Update (7:06) :

The search for the Coonhound named Rosie has ended. Her remains were located inside the home. The German Shepherd, Zelda is still missing.

Eric Robbins and his girlfriend Sadie Damoth lived the in the home as well. On the night of the fire they were in the basement with a friend. They were playing video games with the Bernard brothers while Damoth watched from a couch. Robbins said that they had little warning to get out of the house.

“The fire alarm just started going off and then like two seconds later all we could hear was Ben and Matt upstairs screaming fire,” said Robbins. “And then not even ten seconds later I’m trying to get up the stairs and I made it like three fourths of the away before all I could see was orange and I was breathing in smoke and it was just full panic and at that moment I knew that there was no way that I was going to get to the kitchen.”

Robbins, Damoth and their friend managed to escape out of the garage unharmed. They lost almost all of their possessions and are in the process of rebuilding their lives.

Amanda Sprayberry is accepting clothing, shoes, household items, and more for Robbins and Damoth. You can find more information here.

They also have a GoFundMe.

The GoFundMe set up for the Bernard brothers has been terminated. They raised almost $5,000 that has been returned to the donors according to the Organizer. There are plans to make a new Go Fund Me page.

Update: Benjamin Bernard is out of a coma according to his mother, Jennifer Forward. She says that he is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow. Forward says that he could be in the hospital for another month or longer.

Forward says that her younger son, Matthew Bernard is hopefully getting out of the hospital Monday.

UPDATE (4:40 pm.): Two men in their early 20s are in Strong Memorial Hospital after a house fire in South Corning Monday morning.

Benjamin Bernard, 23, is still in an induced coma and has a tube to help him breathe. He suffered severe burns to his hands his arms and shoulders, as well as burns on his face that are not as severe.

Matthew Bernard, 20, was has been taken off of tubes and is working on physical therapy following his injuries.

The brother’s mom, Jennifer Forward, said that Benjamin rushed to his neighbor’s home despite being badly burned.

“The one that is still in a coma knocked on every neighbor’s door trying to make sure that they were awake so that they would be safe,” said Forward. “My neighbor across the street actually had to tell him that they ‘need to stop, you are in shock, you are hurt,’ but he said ‘no I can’t, I gotta make sure that everybody else is safe.'”

Forward has been able to speak with Matthew on the phone briefly but has not been able to see either of her children in person because of COVID-19.

“If I was able to see them it would be on a very limited basis anyway, but I am ready, willing, and able, to go as soon as I can,” Forward said tearfully.

A GoFundMe has been established for the two other residents.

A member of the South Corning Fire Department was briefly hospitalized for observation but was quickly released.

The family also says that two of their dogs, a Shepherd named Zelda and a Coonhound named Rosie remain missing after the fire and may have run off. If anyone sees either of the dogs, please call 607-654-3483.

A has also been set up for two of the people affected by the fire.


Corning, N.Y. (WETM) – 18 News responding to reports of an early morning fire on Monday in the Village of South Corning.

18 News first hearing calls coming over the scanner around 12:45 Monday morning. Our reporter arriving on the scene just after 1:30 AM as local fire departments were putting out the blaze.

When our reporter arrived on the scene a home located at 16 Wicks Boulevard in the Village of South Corning was completely engulfed in flames.

According to the Deputy Chief of the Corning joint fire district, 2 victims were airlifted due to burns to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.

The Corning joint fire district stations 16, 34, 43 as well as Corning City, AMR, Steuben Sheriff’s, New York State Police, Erway Ambulance, NYSEG and Corning Natural Gas all responding to the scene.

This is a developing story and 18 News will bring you the latest information as it becomes available.

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