GoFundMe accounts set up for Schuyler County fire victims, still no official ID

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Jeff Murray

Elmira Star-Gazette

Two gofundme accounts have been set up for the victims of Tuesday's fatal house fire in Schuyler County.

The blaze started shortly before 10 a.m. at 3320 County Route 28 in the Town of Reading, just north of the Village of Watkins Glen, according to the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office.

The two victims were found in the residence after the fire was brought under control, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities have not yet officially confirmed the identities of the two victims, but a gofundme account set up by Annette Graham of Watkins Glen identified them as 2-year-old Duane Kernan and 20-year-old Katlyn Kernan.

The account has a fundraising goal of $20,000, which will go toward housing, food, clothing and funeral expenses, according to Graham's page.

A separate gofundme account was also set up by Pierce Mckenzie of Watkins Glen. That account set a $1,000 goal to benefit the families.

Authorities were waiting for confirmation from the medical examiner before officially identifying the victims, Schuyler County Sheriff William Yessman said Wednesday.