CORINTH — A mother and her teenage daughter are dead and three other residents of a Main Street home — two of whom are children — were hospitalized Monday after the house caught fire.
Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said during an early afternoon news conference that five people were in the home at 418 Main St. at the time of the fire. The three who were injured were taken to Albany Medical Center for treatment of injuries, Zurlo said.
Firefighters were called to the home at 10:43 a.m. Upon arrival, there was heavy smoke coming from the second story and people at the scene said there could still be people in the home, according to a report issued later Monday.
As a result, first responders tried to go inside but were driven back by smoke and heat, according to the Sheriff's Office.
"Greenfield Fire Department was the first department on the scene," Zurlo said. "They were able to enter the residence. They were able to grab two young children out; they were transported to Saratoga Hospital and were later transported to Albany Med."
Firefighters found Tonya L. Slimmer, 39, and her daughter, Briaunna L. Slimmer, 15, dead on the second floor of the home, according to the Sheriff's Office report. Autopsies are expected to be performed on both victims Tuesday morning at Saratoga Hospital, the sheriff's report said.
The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit, County Cause and Origin Team and the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control were still working to determine the cause of the blaze as of Monday night.
Heavy smoke- Working structure fire with entrapments at 418 Main Street Corinth pic.twitter.com/FHfUPt1I2D— Erica Miller (@EricaPhotog) November 20, 2017
The Northeastern New York chapter of the American Red Cross provided aid to eight people after the fire. It assisted four adults and four children — ages 1, 3, 10 and 11.
Firefighters from departments in Corinth, Wilton, Greenfield, Saratoga Springs, Luzerne-Hadley, Porter Corners, Middle Grove and West Glens Falls responded to the fire, as did EMS crews from Wilton and Corinth, and Saratoga County sheriff's deputies.