CORINTH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A mom and her teenage daughter were killed in a house fire in Corinth late Monday morning.
At 10:45 a.m., firefighters respond to a Main Street home and make a tragic discovery, two people dead inside.
“Tonya was my niece. I’m not going to be able to do it I’m sorry,” Linda King said.
King didn’t want to face the camera but says her 39-year-old niece Tonya Slimmer, and Tonya’s 15-year-old daughter did not make it
out of the smoky fire.
“Very good mother she was very good to everybody, she would do anything for anybody in the world no matter what it was,” King said.
King says Slimmer was a mother of nine, including a baby and a 4-year-old who were rescued by firefighters.
“They were able to grab two young children out,” Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo said. “They’ve been transported to Saratoga Hospital and later transported to Albany Med.”
Sheriff Zurlo says another person was hospitalized but was later released. He couldn’t say much else.
“We’re in the early stages of the investigation and when we get more info we’ll let you guys know.”
As the investigation gets underway, King says their large family is sticking together, trying to come to grips with the loss of a young girl and a beloved mom.
“She was an awesome mother and she loved her kids more than life.”
The family says Tonya was in the midst of packing for to see one of her sons graduate from the Marine Academy.