A house fire in Nescopeck, Pennsylvania, on Friday, killed ten people including three children aged 5,6 and 7. The people who died in the fire range in age from 5-years-old to 79-years-old. The family was trapped inside and only three adults made it out alive, police said. Firefighters tried to enter the house, but were “pushed back from extensive flames and heat,” Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Derek Felsman said. 13 dogs were in the home; their conditions have not been reported. The two-story house collapsed and was completely destroyed and the cause of the fire is under investigation. Neighbors reported hearing a loud popping sound or explosion before seeing the front porch of the home rapidly consumed by flames. A criminal investigation for arson is also considered.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he was “heartbroken” over the loss of life.The American Red Cross also intervened. “As this situation continues to develop, we are committed to the community of Nescopeck and will, in coordination with local and county officials, bring our support and programs to help those affected by this tragedy,” they said in a statement. According to Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce, a preliminary investigation suggests the fire broke out on the front porch. One of the victims, 19 year old, was a local firefighter and his father was between the firefighters who responded at the blaze. Other members of his family also died in fire.