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Five children die in Pennsylvania daycare centre fire

Five children die in Pennsylvania daycare centre fire”

According to Erie News Now, the fire broke out around 1:15 a.m. on Sunday.

A fire at a day care center in the US state of Pennsylvania killed at least five children on Sunday, according to local authorities, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

He said seven people had to be rescued from the house in Erie.

A neighbor told the TV outlet that the owner may have been running an overnight day care.

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

Citing their grandmother, GoErie.com reported the victims included four siblings - two girls and two boys - aged 8, 6, 4 and 10 months old.

"So we are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened", the woman, Valerie Lockett-Slupski, told the Web site.

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The injured victim flown to Pittsburgh was identified by the Erie Times-News as Elaine Harris, the owner of the house and the operator of the daycare. She said the family had two boys and two girls and had used the day care for nearly a year.

Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told The Erie Times-News that a woman who also lives at the residence was flown to UPMC Mercy for treatment.

Erie's two fire inspectors and three police detectives were investigating the cause of the fire, which triggered major structural damage to the three-story building, according to the paper.

Five children have died in a fire in a daycare centre in Pennsylvania, police have said.

A neighbor is said to have been injured as well.

"The deputy (fire chief on the scene) told me he hasn't seen fire blow out of a building like that in a long time", Widomski said.



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