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Neighbor remembers family killed in Elmira fire

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Authorities are investigating a fatal fire in Elmira's southside. 

Elmira Police identified the victims as Samuel L. Sheridan, 29, Trinity M. Sheridan, 5 and Omar C. Sheridan, 6. 

"They were gorgeous, a little boy, a little girl, they were very cute, just very cute kids, it's just heartbreaking that this happened," said Denise Hepfner, who lives around the corner from the family.

"I remember the dad being a great dad, he walked the kids past here every morning to take them to school at Riverside and I always speak to them," said Hepfner.  "The kids were always saying hi and you know they were just very, very nice kids and a great dad." 

The fire broke out at 11 p.m. in a house on Home Street in Elmira's southside.

Elmira fire officials tells 18 News crews responded to a reported structure fire in the 200 block of Home Street with three possible occupants trapped inside.

According to Elmira Police, the fire was quickly under control and access was gained to the residence to render aid to the trapped persons.  

Once the fire was under control about an hour after the fire started, three people were removed from the residence and transported to Arnot Ogden Hospital.  All three died as a result of the fire. 

Crews stayed at the scene until 7:15 a.m. on Sunday. 

Home Street and other nearby streets were closed off Sunday as investigators remained on the scene to gather evidence.  The roads opened back up just after 3 p.m. 

The Red Cross is assessing the needs of the survivors.  Two adults and two children.

One firefighter suffered a leg injury from pulling a victim to a stretcher.

The Office of Fire Prevention and Control is investigating the case.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

Stick with 18 News online and on-air as new details become available.


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