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Firefighter lost three kids in Pennsylvania day care fire

Firefighter lost three kids in Pennsylvania day care fire

Officials said Monday that a volunteer firefighter was the father of three of five children who died in a blaze at an all-night child-care center in Pennsylvania.

The fire was reported at a single-family residence in Erie, Pennsylvania, that housed the registered, 24-hour Harris Family Daycare, at about 1.15am on Sunday, Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department said.

Mr Santone told The New York Times that one of the victims was Ms Harris' child and the other four were siblings, possibly left overnight by parents who worked night shifts.

Still, the day care received a full fire inspection on December 28, 2018, and was found to be in compliance.

He said a neighbour was also injured.

"We offer our deepest sympathies to all effected by this frightful tragedy and we keep the survivors in our thoughts and prayers", officials from the Erie Fire Department wrote on Facebook.

"If there were the proper amount of smoke detectors in this structure, then most, if not all, would have survived", he added.

He said firefighters arrived on the scene about 25 minutes later, and found "heavy fire coming out of all the windows on the first floor, and reports were in that there were children trapped on the second floor".

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Santone told local news media an electrical overload on the first floor living room may have been the cause.

Paul Laughlin, 57, places stuffed animals on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 outside a home at 1248 West 11th St.in Erie, Pa., where multiple people died in an early-morning fire.

Two boys, said to be Harris' sons, suffered minor injuries jumping from upper floor windows in the two story wood-frame house.

The day-care center's response to the note reads, "I will make sure it will be cleaned up and remain that way", and the department listed the issue as corrected.

Both issues were said to have been marked as being corrected after the inspection.

The woman was flown to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for treatment, authorities said.

Erie police detectives said the owner was in stable condition, the newspaper reported.


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