Pennsylvania day care center fire kills 5 children

Clay Curtis
August 12, 2019

The injured victim flown to Pittsburgh was identified by the Erie Times-News as Elaine Harris, the owner of the house and the operator of the daycare.

Santone told the newspaper that a neighbor was also injured.

The fire at the day care center, operated within a residence, was reported at 1:15 a.m., officials told the AP.

Santone said the firefighters "did a hell of a job" knocking down the fire and rescuing the children who were still inside the house within minutes of arriving on the scene.

Valerie Lockett-Slupski said four of the five children were her grandchildren, aged 8 years old, 6 years old, 4 years old and 10 months old, and were staying at the Harris Family Daycare in Erie because their parents were working overnight.

The fire gutted Harris Family Day Care, local news portal GoErie.com said.

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Five children died in a fire at a Pennsylvania 24-hour daycare center early Sunday morning.

She said that the children's parents had left them at the daycare overnight because they were working the night shift and that they had been using the Harris Family Daycare for nearly a year.

Widomski told the newspaper that the fire appeared to have started in the living room area on the first floor.

It said earlier: "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". She said the family had two boys and two girls and had used the center for nearly a year.

Santone said fire investigators only found one smoke detector in the attic of the home.

Firefighters have not determined a cause, however, they are looking at the possibility that the fire may have been set.

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