Elmira, N.Y. (WENY) - Donations are being collected for the survivors of the fire on Elmira's Southside on Saturday night.
Police responded to a report of the fire at 203 Home Street at around 11pm. They say Samuel Sheridan,29,and two of his children, Trinity,6, and Omar,5, were trapped inside the home.
Police say they were able to control the fire, and the three victims were taken to Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, where they were pronounced dead.
The Elmira Police Department tells WENY News it is leading the investigation. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Trinity and Omar were both students at Riverside Elementary School. The Elmira City District says they have mobilized crisis teams and counseling support for both students and families. Four licensed social workers have been temporarily assigned to the school.
Flowers and stuffed animals were placed at the scene on Monday to honor the victims.
WENY News spoke with a family member who said there were two other siblings in the house at the time of the fire who both made it out alive. Two additional siblings who live at the home were at a friend's house that night.
The family member is collecting clothing donations at 357 Norton Street, Elmira, as the children lost everything in the fire.
All four of the children are boys. The following items and sizes are needed, as well as anything else you would like to contribute:
Shirts: Sizes 16-18, 12-14, 8-10 (for two children).
Jeans: Sizes 30-32, 12, 9-10, 8.
Shoes: Sizes 10, 8.5, 5 (2 pairs).