5 children killed in Pennsylvania daycare fire

Fire At Pennsylvania Daycare In US Kills Five Children

Fire At Pennsylvania Daycare In US Kills Five Children

Crotty said that at the time of the fire Jones was responding to another call for what turned out to be a malfunctioning alarm.

"We were able to rescue, or pull out, the five younger children, but unfortunately they all passed away", he said.

The fifth child who died has not yet been identified publicly.

The fire, reported at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, was funneling out of every first-floor window when firefighters arrived, Widomski said. Jones' two daughters La'Myhia Jones, eight, and Ava Jones, four, as well as his son Luther Jones Jr., six, were killed in the fire. She worked with kids who ranged from newborns to 13 years old.

The children killed in a deadly blaze were aged from 8 months to 8 years, according to reports.

"So we are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened", Locket-Slupski told reporters Sunday, per the Washington-Examiner.

Officials are considering the possibility that it was arson, but the incident is still under investigation and nothing can be said for certain, Chief Santone said. He said the blaze appeared to have started in the living room area on the first floor.

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Authorities on Monday were investigating the cause of a fire that swept through a home daycare in Erie, Pennsylvania, killing five children trapped inside.

A woman who also lives at the residence was flown to UPMC Mercy for treatment, Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told the newspaper, which reported that the injured woman is the owner of the day care.

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership lists the Harris Family Daycare as "a 24 hour, 7 days a week childcare service including holidays".

Santone said a neighbor was also injured.

The owner of the house managed to escape the burning house and tried to drive herself to the hospital, but got into a vehicle crash, leading to her being airlifted to the hospital, the New York Times reported.

Investigators said that they found one smoke detector inside the attic of the three-story home.

Still, the day care received a full fire inspection on December 28, 2018, and was found to be in compliance. "I will make sure that they are turned closed when not in use".

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