Father, 4 daughters dead after upstate New York house fire

Close up of fire flames burning

WATERTOWN, N.Y. — Four children and their father were killed in a fire ripped through their northern New York home.

Hundreds of people gathered in the Watertown neighborhood for a vigil Friday night to Aaron Bodah and daughters Skylar, Erin, Alexa and Merissa.

The girls ranged in age from 4 to 14.

Investigators say it appears the fire started in the kitchen around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. They said pots were left on the electric stove and smoke detectors had no batteries.

A fifth daughter escaped and ran to neighbors for help. She was taken to a hospital. WWNY-TV reported Friday that she was back in Watertown.

Authorities say Aaron Bodah’s brother lived in the house and was at work when the fire started.

Mourners placed flowers at a makeshift memorial and released balloons.

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