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Osborn Rd. fire details, victim identities released

By SPENCER DAVIDSON

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The New Hartford Police Department, in conjunction with the New Hartford Fire Chief, has released new details regarding the fatal fire that occurred at 11 Osborn Rd., killing three, on Saturday.

According to Police, the victims who perished in the fire have been identified as Jennifer Moore, 21, Joshua Morinitti, 7, and Jordan Morinitti, 3. There were 5 other residents in the home at the time that the fire broke out, all of whom were able to escape safely and were treated and released from St. Elizabeth Medical Center for various injuries.

The surviving victims have been identified as Janet M. Moore, 67, who owned the home, Jessica Morinitti, 27, mother of Joshua and Jordan, her fiance Brandon Hill, 27, their son, Mason Hill, 1 month old, and Vincent Talerico, 2, Jennifer Moore's son.

The fire was determined to have started near the area of an electrical appliance in the northeast corner of the house, that is believed to have been the result of a failure in the electrical appliance and accidental in nature.

At approximately 10:54 a.m., the Oneida County 911 Center received a call reporting a structure fire at a residence in the Town of New Hartford. The caller told the 911 Center that there was heavy smoke and flames visible, and that there were children trapped inside the residence.

Within a few minutes, New Hartford Fire and Police officials arrived on the scene, and reported that the structure was fully engulfed with heavy flames and smoke. They also confirmed that three residents were still trapped inside the home.

At this time, the Fire Department immediately began to attempt an interior attack on the fire while also planning for a strategic rescue operation, however, the flames became so intense that it forced the firefighters to evacuate the building and continue their efforts from outside.

Officials used chainsaws to cut an entrance into a bedroom in the rear area of the house, where they discovered two children, now identified as Jordan and Joshua Morinitti, trapped by heavy fire. Firefighters were able to locate the children quickly, and remove them from the burning residence. However, once the evacuation was complete, it was discovered that both children had already passed away.

Shortly after the arrival of the New Hartford Fire crews, assisting departments from Willowvale, New York Mills, Clark Mills, and Clinton joined them on the scene in order to help put out the blaze.

Tandem rescue efforts continued in order to locate a third victim, now identified as Jennifer Moore, believed to be in the basement of the house. The Town of New Hartford Highway Department was called in to bring an excavator used to clear portions of the collapsed building out of the way in order to gain access to the basement, where Moore was found to be deceased.

At 2:52 p.m. fire officials declared the blaze to be under control, with firefighters working on putting out a few small hotspots. A joint investigation team was put together to examine the scene and determine the cause and origin of the fire.

After several hours of investigation, and with the assistance of the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, the official cause of the fire was determined, and no foul play has been suspected.

The three deceased victims of the fire were transported to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office, where autopsies are scheduled to be conducted in order to determine the exact causes of death.

A candlelight vigil is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. Sunday evening outside of the residence, in order to honor and remember the victims of the tragic blaze.

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