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Neighbors tried to save the children but were turned back by "intense heat and smoke."

Two children dead in Clinton County fire

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State officials say two children died Monday night in a fire in the Clinton County community of Harkness near Keeseville.

A 911 call was made Monday night at 9:30. State police, along with fire and EMS crews from Keeseville, Peru and other nearby communities responded and found the home on Clintonville Road "engulfed in fire."

When the fire was out, seven year-old Tucker Burnham, and four year-old Payden Burnham were found dead in the wreckage.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

According to state police, neighbors tried to save the children but were turned back by "intense heat and smoke."

Police said a relative rescued a third child, six month-old Raelynn Burnham, from the burning house.

The baby was transported Monday night to CVPH Hospital in Plattsburgh and then to Shriner's Children's Hospital in Boston where she remains in critical condition.

The children were being cared for by a woman who managed to escape the fire with two other children.

Autopsies for the children who died in the fire were scheduled for yesterday (Tuesday) and an investigation of the blaze is underway.

There's no word yet on the cause or the origin of the fire.

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