A fire was reported just after 1 a.m. on Sunday at a day care center in the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh, where children could stay overnight as their parents worked.
Five children were killed. The victims ranged in ages from 8 months to 7 years. Four people were injured, including two teenagers who jumped from a second-floor window onto a porch of the home. The owner of the center was affected too and was flown to UPMC Mercy for treatment. He tried to enter the burning home to rescue victims. He was in stable condition. One neighbor tried to enter the first floor but was driven back by the smoke.The homeowner's child was also killed. The fire appeared to have started in the living room area on the first floor. It was funneling out of every first-floor window when firefighters arrived.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation. The state Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning listed the day care as in compliance with requirements following a Dec. 28, 2018, inspection. However, fire investigators only found one smoke detector in the attic of the home.