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3 kids, 1 adult dead after Schenectady fire

Updated: 05/02/2013 6:52 PM
Created: 05/02/2013 5:44 AM WNYT.com

SCHENECTADY - Authorities say four people, including three children, are dead after an early-morning fire swept through a house on Hulett Street in Schenectady.

A fourth child was taken to the burn unit at Westchester Medical Center after the blaze Thursday morning.

Police and firefighters are not releasing the names of the victims. However, neighbors and the Salvation Army tell NewsChannel 13 reporter Beth Wurtmann that David Terry was killed in the fire along with three of his children – 11-month-old Donovan Duell, and Michael and Lyrah Terry, both under the age of 7.

Sapphire Terry, age 5, is fighting for her life at the burn unit in Westchester.

The family was in the upstairs apartment at 438 Hulett St.

Authorities are still trying to locate the mother of the children, Jennica Duell.

The fire broke out around 4:30 a.m. Thursday in the two-story wood frame house. The landlord says the building had working smoke alarms that alerted the downstairs residents and allowed them to get out safely.

This was the third fire in Schenectady Thursday morning. Police say the earlier fires were on Nott and Swan streets. No injuries were reported in those fires. The fire chief says it’s doubtful that the fires are connected.

The cause of the Hulett Street fire is still under investigation.

Four people died in the fire that destroyed the home at 438 Hulett St. in Schenectady.
Photo: Beth Wurtmann / WNYT
Investigators remain on the scene horus after the fatal blaze on Hulett Street in Schenectady.
Photo: Beth Wurtmann / WNYT
Firefighters respond to a blaze on Hulett Street in Schenectady.
Photo: Joel Arnone / WNYT

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