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3 children dead, 1 hospitalized after Rome fire

Crews are investigating a fatal fire that broke out at a home in the outer district of Rome late Monday night.

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 2:02 AM
Updated: Jul 24, 2018 12:08 PM

UPDATE: New York State Police have released the names of the victims in the fire at 154 Pine Haven Circle in the outer district Rome.

Police say Kaydence J. Croad, a one-year-old female, was transported to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse with burns to both arms.

Temprince J. Croad, a 2-year-old female; Patrick G. Croad III, a three-year-old male; and Eliesse A. Croad, a four-year-old female, were all found deceased inside the home.

The children's mother, 24-year-old Gabrielle M. Croad, was transported to SUNY Upstate to be treated for second-degree burns. Their father, 25-year-old Patrick G. Croad, was also transported to SUNY Upstate Medical Center for evaluation.

Fire officials believe the fire started in the middle of the trailer, essentially separating the parents from their three older children. The parents went out one door and then tried to go in another to save their children, but they were pushed back and burned by the flames.

We will provide more information as it becomes availabe.


UPDATE: New York State Police have confirmed to NEWSChannel 2 crews that a recovery operation is now underway for three children involved in the fire on Pine Haven Circle in Rome. 

According to police, there were two parents and four children inside the home at the time the fire broke out. The parents awoke to the smoke alarms going off and went outside of their room to find the house engulfed in flames. They tried to get to their children but the flames were too strong. 

The mother, father, and a one-year-old child were able to make it out of the home.

The one-year-old child suffered burns and was taken to Upstate Medical Center for treatment. The mother and father also suffered minor injuries but they declined treatment.

A recovery operation is ongoing for the other three children who are two, three and four years old.


(Previous coverage)

Crews are at the scene of a mutual aid structure fire in Rome.

The fire broke out around 11:49 p.m. Monday night at a trailer on Pine Haven Circle in Rome, according to the Oneida County 911 Center.

Several crews were called to the scene including the Rome, Vienna and New London fire departments, along with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, New York State Police and AmCare Ambulance.

When NEWSChannel 2 crews arrived on scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames, and there were reports of people possibly trapped inside.

Neighbors told our crews on the scene that they heard explosions, but it has yet to be confirmed if there were any.

At this time, fire crews are investigating the scene, which is a total loss. A medical examiner is also on the scene.

We will continue to update you as soon as more information becomes available. 


This story has been updated to state the fire was in the outer district of Rome instead of Blossvale.

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