Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Fire kills five children at overnight Erie daycare centre

Fire kills five children at overnight Erie daycare centre

Paul Laughlin, 57, places stuffed animals outside a home Sunday in Erie, Pa., where multiple people died in an early-morning fire.

Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone told NBC News the children ranged in age from 8 months to 7 years. Their siblings' mother worked the night shift, he said.

"Reports were in that there were children trapped on the second floor", the fire chief said.

Santone said fire investigators only found one smoke detector in the attic of the home.

Danika Scott, who lives next door to the house, told the Erie Times-News that she spotted the flames from her window and called for help.

Two fire inspectors and three Erie police detectives trained in fire investigations are working to determine the cause of the blaze, according to local media.

Before the fire, Harris Family Daycare had been operating in Erie for almost 20 years, Erie News Now reported in May 2018.

The owner managed to escape the burning house and tried to drive herself to the hospital, but was involved in auto crash, resulting in her being airlifted to the nearest hospital, the New York Times reported.

Fire officials said that the report came in at around 1:11 a.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

"Our prayers go out to the families involved in this tragic fire, to the neighbors, and to our firefighters", Erie city officials said in their Facebook post. A Pennsylvania state agency listed the facility as compliant in December, the AP reported. "I will make sure that they are turned closed when not in use".

The owner of the centre was flown to UPMC Mercy for treatment, Santone said.

The adult suffered burns and smoke inhalation and was taken to a Pittsburg hospital by a helicopter ambulance, Erie News Now reported.

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