April 20, 2014
SHIRLEY, N.Y. (AP) - A house fire on New York's Long Island has killed three children and their mother.
Suffolk County police say the victims included a 7-year-old boy and 2-year-old boy and girl twins.
Police identified the mother as Jennifer McCusker. They say she appeared to have been trying to rescue the children when she died.
The fire was reported at about 10:15 p.m. Friday in Shirley, about 60 miles east of New York City.
Authorities say the fire appears to have started in the living room of the small home and spread quickly.
One neighbor told authorities the house seemed fine one minute, then was fully engulfed in flames no more than 15 minutes later.