BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Fire swept through a home and damaged a neighboring church and three other buildings early Wednesday, killing three people and leaving firefighters searching for a fourth person missing amid the rubble.
The man who lived in the home managed to grab his oldest daughter, and they jumped to safety from a second floor window, Fire Chief Clifford Hogan said. But the man's wife and three other children, ages 10, 15 and 16, were missing and believed to be among the dead.
"It was like a war zone," Hogan said as he described the scene firefighters found shortly after 3:30 a.m.
Emergency crews found the man and his daughter on the front lawn and took them to a hospital.
Firefighters were slowed by about four explosions and downed power lines as they fought to get the flames under control, Hogan said. Several nearby buildings were evacuated, though Hogan didn't know how many residents were involved.
The names of the victims and conditions of the injured pair were not immediately released. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Binghamton, a town of about 45,000 residents, is just north of the Pennsylvania state line.