Three Young Children Die in Tragic Oneida County House Fire
The blaze broke out Monday July 23 around 11:48 pm at Patrick and Gabrielle Croad's house on Pine Haven Circle in the city of Rome. 3 of their 4 children died in the blaze; 4 year-old Eliesse, 3 year-old Patrick and 2 year-old Temprince. 1 year-old Kaydence was taken to SUNY Upstate Medical Center with burns on her arms, according to New York State Police.
24 year-old Gabrielle Croad, 25 year-old Patrick and 1 year-old Kaydence were taken to SUNY Upstate Medical center.
Gabrielle suffered 2nd degree burns and was taken to the hospital with her husband Patrick, who was under evaluation.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Alicia Waterman, who lives on Lauther Road, says she heard a loud explosion laying in bed and then sirens. "My heart breaks for this family."
Our thoughts and prayers to this family. May God give them the strength to get through this tragedy.
Thank you to all the firefighters, first responders and emergency personnel on the scene overnight.
A Go Fund Me has been set up to help the family recover from the tragic house fire. You can also donate to the Croad Family Benefit at any Americu Credit Union.