Updated 07/08/2010 09:45 AM
Fire claims the life of two-year-old, sister and grandmother in critical condition
The City of Schenectady is mourning the loss of a toddler after a fire Wednesday morning. Now the child's 4-year-old sister and their grandmother continue to fight for their lives. Our Erin Vannella has the details.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Officials in Schenectady are releasing more information about a devastating fire on McClellan Street.
Public Safety Commissioner Wayne Bennett said a 2-year-old girl died at Ellis Hospital. Her 4-year-old sister and the children's 65-year-old grandmother are both in critical condition.
The fire broke out shortly before 8 a.m. at 234/235 McClellan Street. Rescue attempts were made by neighbors and a Schenectady police officer, but they were unsuccessful. When crews arrived, the two girls and their grandmother were found unconscious on the second floor. Officials said the grandmother was in cardiac arrest when they pulled her out.
"Sadly I must tell you, the 2-year-old female child, Sylvia Noxon, passed away at Ellis Hospital. The 4-year-old female, Julia Sharkey, was airlifted from Ellis to Westchester County Medical Center Burn Unit and is in critical condition. The maternal grandmother, identified as Charlene Parker, age 65, is currently in critical condition in the ICU of Ellis Hospital."
Officials said the children's mother was at the store when the fire broke out. Her significant other was at the home but he escaped unharmed.
Two adults and two children who lived downstairs were also able to escape unharmed.
One firefighter suffered a back injury while moving furniture, and another firefighter suffered burns to the back of his neck.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.