Grandmother Saves Youngest Grandchild in Fatal Fire

By Joe Gullo

Published 07/01 2014 05:49PM

Updated 07/02 2014 02:56PM

HARKNESS, N.Y. - New York State Police say two children died in a fire in Harkness, N.Y. Monday night. A third is in the hospital in critical condition.

Some family members were on hand to witness this horrific fire. In fact, a grandmother who lives right next door rushed into a burning mobile home and was able to save her youngest grandchild.

Unfortunately, two others weren't able to make it out, Tucker Burnham, 6, and 4-year-old Payden Burnham. Both were found after the fire was extinguished. The third child, Raelynn Burnham, six months, is at a hospital in Boston in critical condition.

Police say multiple fire and rescue departments were called to Clintonville Road after 9 p.m. on Monday. Penny Stone, 23, was taking care of five children at the time, two of them her own and three were her brother's. 

Stone told police she discovered a fire in a bedroom of the mobile home and her attempts to put it out were not successful. She was able to rush her two children out of the home and go next door to get help from family members. That's when Tilly Burnham rushed into the fire, suffering burns to her arms and legs.

"I saved my grandbaby i was trying to save my other grandsons but i couldn't make it," Burnham said. "I couldn't do it. I tried, I really tried to save my grandkids. I saved the baby, but I love my grandkids to death. I miss them already."

New York State Police and fire officials are still investigating to get an exact cause of this fire. 

Friends have started a fundraising effort to help the family with expenses. To donate visit this site or go to 44 Liberty St. in Keeseville to donate supplies to David Slater.

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