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Watertown, New York - Four children and their father were killed in a fire that ripped through their northern New York home.

Hundreds of people gathered in Watertown 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 am on Thursday. They said pots were left on the electric stove and smoke detectors had no batteries.

A fifth daughter escaped and ran to neighbours 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.

AP

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Information from: WWNY-TV,