An early morning fire in North Granville claims the lives of two people.
Our Matt Hunter was at the scene and has more.
NORTH GRANVILLE, N.Y. -- "I've got to say it's sad, it's extremely sad," said Terry Martin, victim's nephew.
Relatives are shocked and saddened by the loss of Lee and Deema Martin.
Early Thursday morning, the elderly couple's North Granville home became engulfed in flames, trapping the two inside.
Martin added, "From about 1976 to 1979 I worked here with my Uncle Lee on the farm helping with the haying and the milking and whatnot. When I was a real young fella, my parents lived here for about a year, they took us in."
First responders received the call for the structure fire on County Route 12 shortly after Midnight.
Investigators believe the fire had been burning for awhile by the time crews arrived.
Scott McCullen, North Granville Fire Chief said, "When we got there the house was on the ground, not anything standing, maybe one wall, it was fully involved."
Investigators have yet to determine how or where the fire started.
"We have multiple heat sources, at this time it is undetermined what did start the fire," McCullen added.
By late morning emergency workers had left and relatives were digging through charred rubble in search of any remaining family keepsakes.
Despite their declining health toward the end, loved ones describe the Martins as fiercely independent.
Martin went on to say, "Aunt Dema always took care of us. She went out of her way to do what needed to be done. You can't say much more about people then they take care of people. I'm going to miss them greatly. "
In addition to battling the cold and wind, North Granville Fire Chief Scott McCullen says firefighters struggled to get enough water to fight the flames.
Crews from more than 15 area departments from as far as 30 miles away had to be called in for assistance.