Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Fire at Pennsylvania child care centre kills five

Fire at Pennsylvania child care centre kills five

Three of five children killed in a fire at a home child care centre in Pennsylvania were the children of a volunteer firefighter who was responding to another call, an official has revealed.

Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone told local news media that as many as eight people had been trapped, including the five children, the two teenagers and one adult.

Lawrence Park Township Volunteer Fire Chief Joe Crotty told DailyMail.com that Jones was called out to what turned out to be a false automatic fire alarm at another building in the city about 1.49am and did not learn of his children's death until he received a phone call with the news at around 4am.

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

He said investigators had found only a single smoke detector in the house, and that was in the attic.

Paul Laughlin places stuffed animals outside the home in Pennsylvania where five children died in a fire.

Neighbour Valerie Lockett-Slupski told the Erie Times-News that she was the grandmother of four of the kids who had died.

Flames could be seen coming out of every first-floor window when firefighters arrived, according to the Times-News.


The state Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning listed the day care as in compliance with requirements following a December 28, 2018, inspection.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation by police and fire officials. But a January 3, 2019, inspection note on that listing highlighted "ashes and cigarette or cigar butts" in "a childcare space, play space or food preparation area".

Widomski said the fire appeared to have started in the living room area on the first floor.

"I love them dearly".

Erie police detectives told the newspaper that the owner was listed in stable condition after being flown to UPMC Mercy. "I will make sure that they are turned closed when not in use".

But even if an electrical overload caused the fire, Santone says another major safety issue was found within the home: a lack of smoke detectors.

That issue was also listed as being corrected.

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