Published On: Mon, Aug 12th, 2019

Pennsylvania Fire: five children including an eight-month-old baby have died at a day care | World | News

Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department says arson has not yet been ruled out as a possibility but said that “it’s too early to draw that conclusion”. Erie firefighters wrote on Facebook: “A very tough night for the 2nd Platoon as they are called to the 1200 block of West 11th for a structure fire with multiple occupants trapped. All told Erie Firefighters rescued seven people, many being young children.

“Unfortunately many of the patients were critical and we are still getting details on condition. We will have more details as they come available.”

Eyewitnesses say they heard screams from two teenagers who had escaped the fire and began shouting that there were babies still inside the building

One person is also seriously injured after the fire ripped through the day care centre in the US.

The tragic blaze broke out at a building in the town of Erie, Pennsylvania, at around 1.15am on Sunday.

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The victims ranged in ages from 8 months to 7 years, Santone said.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and pulled seven people, including five children, from the burning two-storey building.

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership lists a day care at the fire address

First responders performed emergency CPR in a desperate bid to revive the children, but it was later confirmed that all five had succumbed to their injuries in hospital.

An eight-month-old baby is believed to be amongst the victims.

A mother was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh where she is receiving emergency treatment.

The day care centre was left almost completely gutted by the inferno.

One neighbour had attempted to enter the first floor of the home but was driven back by the smoke, Erie News Now reported.

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