ALBANY, N.Y. - A house on Benson Street in Albany is likely a total loss after a fire tore through the home Wednesday morning, sending three children to the hospital, including one 4-year-old girl who is fighting for her life.
Calls for the fire went out shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday at 20 Benson Street. By the time fire fighters arrived the wooden structure was already fully involved and growing.
Fire officials say a 4-year-old girl was found unresponsive in a back bedroom with severe burns. She was taken to Albany Medical Center then flown to a Boston hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, for treatment where doctors feel the next few days are critical.
Albany's Fire Chief Robert Forezzi tells NEWS10 the toddler has burns covering 70% of her body. Her entire back has third-degree burns.
Forezzi says it is unclear how long the girl lacked oxygen. He says she has a long road ahead of her if she survives.
Two other children and their mother were also pulled from the home Wednesday with severe burns. All three were transported to Albany Medical Center for treatment and have since been released.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.