Gouverneur parents toss kids and jump themselves to escape blaze
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 4:57 pm

GOUVERNEUR -- With fire engulfing their home early Monday, two adults were hurt and two children were being checked out after the adults tossed the children, a three-year-old and a two-week-old, out a window and jumped themselves.

Gouverneur Fire Chief Steve Young said the Cream of the Valley Road house, owned by Shawn Stories and occupied by the family of John and Amanda Ulmen, was a total loss.

The Ulmens smelled smoke as it built up in the upstairs. John Ulmen jumped first, and Amanda tossed the two children to him, and then jumped herself.

Investigators said Amanda had a broken ankle, John had a sprained ankle, and both suffered smoke inhalation, and the children were checked for possible injury.

There were reports the family lost pets in the blaze.

Gouverneur fire and rescue volunteers got the alarm at 4:48 a.m. They were joined at the scene by firefighters from Richville, Oxbow, DeKalb Junction, and Antwerp departments.

Standing by were Antwerp volunteers at Gouverneur, Fine at Edwards, and Indian River covered for Gouverneur Rescue.

The St. Lawrence County Fire Investigation Team is trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Gouverneur firefighters reported they were back in service at 8:30 a.m.