SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) – A fast-moving fire ripped through a single-family house early Saturday, killing six young people including an infant, police said.

Two adults escaped the fire, the cause of which was under investigation, said Lt. Peter Frisoni Jr.

“I heard the noise of busting glass and I woke up and ran to the window and I saw the front porch fully engulfed in flames,” said witness Thomas Plourd, who dialed 911.

“In talking with veteran firefighters, they can’t remember ever having a fire with this many fatalities before,” Frisoni said.

Kenny Ketter, 46, and his girlfriend, 40-year-old Nancy L. Self, escaped the flames and were outside the burning home when firefighters arrived. Neighbors said the two tried to rescue the children, but were overcome with smoke.

Self’s daughter and three sons died in the fire. They were identified as Nancy D. Self, 17, Elijah, 15, Bryan, 13, and Scott, 8. Also killed were her daughter’s boyfriend and son, 22-year-old Vincent Manning and 7½-month-old Vincent Manning Jr.

Authorities said there were no working smoke detectors in the house at the time of the blaze.

The house was in Schenectady, 10 miles northwest of Albany.

AP-ES-08-07-04 2018EDT



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