5 children killed in fire at Pennsylvania day care centre

Paul Laughlin 57 places stuffed animals on Sunday outside a home at 1248 West 11th St. in Erie Pa. where five children died in an early-morning fire

Paul Laughlin 57 places stuffed animals on Sunday outside a home at 1248 West 11th St. in Erie Pa. where five children died in an early-morning fire

A volunteer firefighter lost three children in a fire that destroyed a Pennsylvania daycare on Sunday, according to NBC News.

The children haven't been formally identified, but the Erie Fire Department says the dead range in age from 8 months to 7 years.

Eight people were in the home when the fire broke out around 1:15 a.m., Santone said.

The owner of the day care was flown to the the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre for treatment, Mr Santone said.

Fire fighters managed to reach the house four minutes after they were dispatched by 911 emergency services, according to local media.

He said investigators had found only a single smoke detector in the house, and that was in the attic.

The firefighter, Luther Jones, was with the Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department handing other calls while the neighboring Erie Fire Department battled the deadly flames at the Harris Family Day Care.

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Valeria Lockett-Slupskitold Go Erie four of her grandchildren, two boys and two girls, were among the children who died in the fire.

"Organizationally and individually, we are heartbroken by the recent tragic fire in the City of Erie", the department said in its post.

Five children died in a fire at a Pennsylvania 24-hour daycare center early Sunday morning.

"So we are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened", Locket-Slupski told reporters Sunday, per the Washington-Examiner. But a January 3, 2019, inspection note on that listing highlighted "ashes and cigarette or cigar butts" in "a child care space, play space or food preparation area".

The day-care center's response to the note reads, "I will make sure it will be cleaned up and remain that way", and the department listed the issue as corrected. "I will make sure that they are turned closed when not in use".

The department's two fire inspectors and three Erie police detectives trained in fire investigations are working to determine the official cause.

Both issues were said to have been marked as being corrected after the inspection. Santone said the homeowner was injured, along with a neighbor who tried to enter the burning home to rescue victims.

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