5 children dead in Pennsylvania house fire


Last updated at 5:45 a.m.

ERIE, PA. (WJET) – Five Pennsylvania children died in a massive single-family house fire Sunday morning. A woman is also hospitalized from injuries suffered in that fire.

There were a total of eight people in the home when the fire broke out, according to fire officials. Five of the victims were rushed to the hospital, some reported to be in cardiac arrest, where they later died.

The victims were all said to be between the ages of 8 months and 7 years old. Fire officials said two teenage boys jumped off the roof of the house and managed to escape the fire.

Investigators say it appears the cause of the fire may have been electrical in nature.

Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone says no foul play is suspected. He said there was heavy fire coming out all the windows on the first floor when firefighters arrived. There were reports of children trapped on the second floor.

The victims have not yet been identified. A 9th person, a neighbor, reportedly ran into the burning house to help rescue people and was injured in the process.

The fire chief told WJET there was only one smoke detector found in the house, and it was discovered in the attic.

Neighbors told WJET the house ravaged by fire was sometimes used as a daycare, and there were often many children in and around the house playing basketball.

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