GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. - Police say a Gloversville mother now faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child after a fire ripped through her home on March 20th.
Police say shortly before the fire, 31-year-old Jamie Ormanian left her three young children, ages 2, 4 and 12-years-old alone.
They escaped, and so did an adult man who was inside the home, but 41-year-old Donald Larimore died in the fire.
Police say the fire started when one of Ormanian's children found a lighter and set a blanket on fire.
"At 4-years-old, they should never get the opportunity to grab a lighter and set a blanket on fire," said Gloversville Mayor Dayton King.
King says the three children are alive thanks to their oldest sister who quickly reacted and pulled them from the burning home.
"A 12-year-old grabbing the hand of a 4-year-old and scooping up a 2-year-old is a big deal," said King, who honored the little girl with a hometown heroes award.
Police say the two adults in the house, Marcus VanSlyke who escaped and Donald Larimore who died, were so drunk that they were unable to react to the fire.
Sources say at the time of the fire Larimore's BAC was more than three times the legal limit.
"We shouldn't lose focus that the little girl was a hero that day and should be celebrated and hopefully, given what happened that day, with the award she will have a little more confidence," said King.