Fire at Pennsylvania day care center kills five children including four siblings

The fire broke out at the Harris Family Daycare Sunday at about 1:15am. Five children died in the blaze, while the daycare owner was taken to hospital. The children were said to be between the ages of eight months and seven years. Four of the five children - two boys and two girls - were said to be siblings. The daycare was registered and certified and last inspected in December 2018

Fire at Pennsylvania day care center kills five children including four siblings

Early morning fire at 24-hour Pennsylvania day care center kills five children including four siblings and injures the facility's owner

A morning fire at a Pennsylvania day care center killed five children and sent another person to the hospital, authorities said.

The fire was reported at a single-family residence in Erie, Pennsylvania, at about 1:15am Sunday, Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department said.

The victims, whose names have not been released, ranged in ages from eight months to seven years, Santone said.

At least four of the five children who died were said to have been staying at the home, which also housed the 24-hour, registered Harris Family Daycare. The center's owner, Elaine Harris, was the adult who was taken to the hospital for treatment and is said to be in stable condition, Go Erie reported.

A neighbor told the newspaper that two children, said to be 12 and 17 years old, managed to escape the fire by climbing out onto the first-floor roof of the home and then jumping to the ground.  

Investigators said that the fire appeared to have started in the front living room area of the first floor of the home.

Flames were said to have been see coming out of the windows of the home and that the fire was so hot that it melted off the front of the home's vinyl siding, as well as portions of the vinyl siding on neighboring homes.

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