Fire At Pennsylvania Daycare In US Kills Five Children

Fire At Pennsylvania Daycare In US Kills Five Children

A woman, Elaine Harris, is reported to have also been taken out of the fire and sent to hospital.

Erie Bureau of Fire Inspector Mark Polanski helps investigate the site of the fatal fire.

"I was just down there, there are flowers everywhere", Santone said about a memorial at the scene.

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

Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department Chief Joe Crotty called it "unthinkable", telling NBC, "It's really beyond comprehension".

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership lists a day care at the fire address.

Valerie Lockett-Slupski, standing across the street from the fire-damaged house, told the newspaper she was the grandmother of four of the children, and that they were staying at the day care center because their parents were working overnight.

She said the family had two boys and two girls and had used the day care for nearly a year.

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"We are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened", she said.

Go Erie reported that Pennsylvania Department of Human Services records list the daycare as being compliant following a December 2018 inspection, with a certificate of compliance covering March 21, 2019 to March 2020.

The inspection, conducted on January 3 inspection, did reveal a presence of "ashes and cigarette or cigar butts", which are banned in childcare and play spaces, according to CBS News. "I will make sure that they are turned closed when not in use".

"So firefighters, obviously, they started attacking the fire, but another group of firefighters laddered the side of the building and got up into the bedrooms", Santone told local ABC News affiliate Jet24.

Authorities are working to determine a cause for the fire.

There was only one smoke detector in the house and that was in the attic of the three-story structure, Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told the news media.

That issue was also listed as being corrected.

The owner has been admitted to UPMC Mercy for treatment and is reportedly in stable condition.

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