Four adults are dead following a large fire on Rome-Oriskany Road in the city's outer district late Tuesday night.
The identities of the four adults have not yet been released. The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fire at 7736 Route 69. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, authorities stated.
The alarm was raised by a neighbor across the street shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday. According to city fire officials, one half of the one-story ranch dwelling was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived on scene. Multiple firefighters launched an attack on the flames, while another crew made entry into the front and back of the residence to reach two bedrooms still untouched by fire.
Two people were found in the bedrooms, officials said, and they were brought outside — but the pair were already dead.
Within minutes, the roof on the burned side of the home collapsed, officials said. All firefighters exited the residence, and the roof on the untouched side also soon collapsed. Fire officials said they then continued an exterior-only attack on the fire.
The flames took more than an hour to get knocked down, authorities said. Firefighters worked throughout the night to chase down hot spots still in the home.
Some time after midnight, officials said two more adult bodies were found inside the home, from the portion that had been fully engulfed on arrival.
The Sheriff's Office said this morning they are working to identify the bodies and notify the next of kin.
Fire crews remained on scene this morning with some parts of the home still smoldering. Officials said it will likely be several days before any cause is determined, if a cause can be determined at all.
No firefighters were hurt during the battle.
Fire officials said there was some difficulty with water because the home is at the edge of Rome's water district. The Stanwix Heights Volunteer Fire Department assisted with tankering water to the scene. The Westmoreland Fire Department was on standby.
The residence is located near Monument Road in the city's outer district, a short distance from the Oriskany Battlefield Historical Site.