The Monroe County Fire Bureau is investigating the cause of a fire that seriously injured a family of four. It happened on Golden Road in Chili just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
Deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office say a postal worker who saw black smoke coming from the back of the home pulled one adult out of the window and called 911. Firefighters and police then rescued the two children and their mother from the fire.
With the help of postal worker Barbara Langdon, firefighters rescued 67-year-old Judy Ogg.
Firefighters rescued her daughter, 24-year-old Kaitlyn Ogg. Also rescued were Kaitlyn's children, four-year-old RJ Lockwood and seven-month-old Mara Ogg.
"She was a caring and giving person, she'd do anything for anybody, so I'm just shocked," said Jennifer Sulimowicz, a family friend.
Jennifer described RJ as "a busy boy. Very energetic. Always running around, being loud, but he was a very nice little kid."
Chief Don Johnson of the Chili Fire Department said the home was filled with thick black smoke.
"At one point, you couldn't see six inches in front of your face. When the firefighter first went to search for the infant, he went in without his air packages; ultimately, the smoke drove him back," Johnson said.
A firefighter found the seven-month-old baby underneath debris and rushed her to the ambulance.
"I think for all of us, children or not, when you hear that people are trapped, you do everything to can to get to them, and get to them as fast as possible. Then you hear children are involved, and it definitely impacts you personally, so maybe there is a greater thrust to get in there and get to them," said firefighter Jason Ellioto.
Johnson said there were no working smoke detectors in the home.
Three firefighters suffered smoke inhalation.
Investigators say the fire started in the basement of the home, but have not released a cause.