Family, community still in shock over fire that claimed five
TOWN OF DURHAM, NY (WRGB) "It's still hard to believe they're not here. "
Words of shock from a grandmother of three.
"They we're just at my house Saturday for an easter egg hunt," Colleen Hunt said. "You have to remember the good times.
Sophia, Jayden, and Jonathan were Burke's grandkids - her daughter's children.
"They were just great kids."
"John is aware of his surroundings today, he was able to open his eyes."
CBS6 spoke on the phone with Catherine Ballone, sister of John Mammano, the father who was the sole survivor of yesterday's fire that killed his parents and his three children.
"We're leaning on each other and we've got a lot of love and support from friends".
Ballone says her brother has second degree burns and is expected to recover within two months. She did not want to speak about her parents, or her niece and nephews - who were students at Cairo-Durham elementary school.
The school superintendent released a statement saying,
"We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of three Cairo-Durham CSD students this morning along with their grandparents.
Our condolences and thoughts go out to the Mammano family during this very difficult time."
We're told there will be a meeting for parents at the elementary school Thursday night - as well as counselors on hand district wide once students return to school from break on Monday.
As investigators combed through the debris on Tuesday still searching for a cause, a GoFundMe page, showing Mammano and his three kids, made the rounds on social media - raising more than $8,000 in 24 hours.
"We're incredibly grateful for the support, it's very heartwarming and we really appreciate the support and prayers."
Ballone also told us she wants this to serve as a reminder for everyone to practice fire safety and to have a plan for situations like this. Investigators have not yet released an official cause.