STOCKHOLM, N.Y. — An early morning fire tore through a family’s mobile home on Tuesday, killing a man and his three children, authorities said. The children’s mother escaped but forlornly asked a friend, “What am I going to do without my children?”
Troopers responded around 3 a.m. to a report of a fire at a mobile home with an attachment in Stockholm, a rural town near the Canadian border. They said when they arrived on the scene they learned four people had been trapped inside the home and died.
The mother jumped out of a bedroom window, but the three children were found in a back bedroom. The father was found by the front door, county coroner June Wood said.
“It appeared that he was trying to get to the children and collapsed,” Wood said.
Police have identified the victims as William Bugbee, 55; his daughters, Allazza Bugbee, 5, and Alicia Bugbee, 6; and his stepdaughter, Shaylee Baxter, 14.
“It’s very hard,” Wood said. “Three children.”
Bugbee’s wife, Carrie Bugbee, 36, is the mother of all three children and was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Her friend Annette Peacock said she spoke with her at the hospital.
“She just looked at me and said, ‘Nettie, what am I going to do without my children? My children are my life,'” Peacock told WWNY in Watertown. “Everything was just taken from her.”
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
This story has been corrected to show the father’s age is 55, not 56, and the mother’s name is Carrie, not Carrier.