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Status of three children unknown following Herkimer fire

Fire officials have not confirmed the status of the children at a home fully engulfed in flames Friday morning in Herkimer.

Posted: Fri Jan 11 09:15:41 PST 2019
Updated: Fri Jan 11 09:15:42 PST 2019

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where they believe animals may have died. good afternoon--im jason powles. we continue to follow the breaking that first brought to you this morning at sunrise... three children are unaccounted for after a fire gutted their east steele street home, in herkimer, the fire started just before 6:00 this morning. newschannel 2's joleen ferris is live at the scene with the very latest information. joleen? jason,several firefighters and emergency managment peonnel are six hours after the fire started. the flames are gone, revealing the level of devastation of this fire. the entire back of the house is charred and the structure basically collapsed. a viewer sent us this video of the fire shortly after it started. you can really see the force of the flames in this video. this appears to be the rear of the house. crews from ilion, herkimer and little falls firefighters fought this fire. the herkimer fire chief says in 32 years, he doesn't recall ever seeing a single family home devoured by fire so quickly and with such force.all the chief could tell us definitively when we spoke with him about 2 hours ago was that two adults made it out. 1:56 "we were told that they were awoken by a smoke detector but they couldn't get to the back part of the house. the parents made their exit out the front windows. and they tried coming back around to get in the other way, and couldn't" because fire investigators hadn't yet been able to get in the house and perform a thorough search, the chief couldn't say
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