A 36-year-old woman and two children, ages 2 and 3, were found dead in a house on Staten Island on Saturday, police said.
The house on Palisade Street was filled with smoke by officials Staten Island's commanding officer, Assistant Chief Kenneth Corey, arrived at 10:30 am for an emergency call.
Firefighters extinguished the fire, and the victims were all discovered on the same base room. They were declared dead at the scene, Chief Corey said.
The authorities found that a 36-year-old man – presumably the father of the children ̵
The woman and the man were considered active members of the US military.
On Saturday, three men reported and a US Army woman standing behind the yellow tape at the scene consoled each other. They formed a prayer circle and left after the doctor's office removed the bodies.
The neighbors said that the couple had recently moved to the impasse that was populated with newly built row houses, and that they were mostly for themselves.  Mary Jo Kammerer, 63, said she smelled the smoke in the morning and checked what was going on.
"I thought it was just a small fire at first," she said. "You deleted it immediately. But when I saw that many policemen and detectives were filling the street, I knew it was something big.
She said the loss of infants affected her the most.
"They were tiny. It is so sad. It's such a terrible tragedy, "she said.
Rod Hamed, 59, said the neighbors were trying to understand the children's death." It's shocking two children, "said Mr. Hamed." They were both in the army, nice people, you can never count on such a thing. "
The police were called home for an earlier domestic incident, Chief Corey said, but the names of the victims were not disclosed and the causes of death were still being investigated become.