Reaction has begun pouring in following a deadly fire that happened Friday morning in Herkimer. People say they feel compelled to help in anyway they can.
"When you see something this bad you know what they're going through and you just have to do something. So I just brought some coffee down because I know out here in the cold, they've been here all day," said Herkimer Resident Jennifer Bullis.
Two adults escaped, but three children have been found dead in what the Herkimer fire chief is calling one of the worst single-family house fires he has seen.
"This got going and went right through the whole house very quickly," said Herkimer Fire Chief John Spanfelner.
Around 6 a.m. Friday, crews responded to the East Steele Street home they say was fully engulfed in flames. The adults were awakened by smoke detectors and fled through a window, but could not get to the kids, according to Spanfelner.
The remains of a one-year-old were initially found, followed by those of two other boys aged six and seven. Crews used a K-9 to locate remains.
"They tried getting the kids as far as we know, going back to the other side of the house to try to get the kids out, and there [were] flames coming out from all the windows," Spanfelner said.
Spanfelner also said crews will remained on the scene for as long as they were needed. A GoFundMe has been created, which shows a photo of the three children lost in the fire.
"Until we're satisfied that we have everything completed and when we feel that everything that we can possibly do will be done,” Spanfelner said. “We'll be here until then."
First responders deal with intense situations everyday but this may be an exception for some.
"It’s one of those things that will probably hit later on when the quiet time comes," Spanfelner said.
The cause is under investigation and the identities of the victims still have not been released.