Sunday, 15 December, 2019

Children Killed in Fire at Pennsylvania Day Care Center

Erie Bureau of Fire Inspector Mark Polanski helps investigate a fatal fire at 1248 West 11th St. in Erie Pa on Sunday Aug. 11 2019. Authorities say an early morning fire in northwestern Pennsylvania claimed the lives of multiple children and sent anot Children Killed in Fire at Pennsylvania Day Care Center
Deanna Wagner | 13 August, 2019, 12:44

The age of the young victims ranged from 8 months to 7 years, according to Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone.

Erie fire officials say the children were staying overnight at a house that had been turned into a day care centre. And two teen boys jumped off the roof to escape.

The fire, reported around 05:15 on Sunday remained under investigation by police and fire officials, Lieutenant Szocki of the City of Erie Police Department told Reuters news agency.

Fire fighters managed to reach the house four minutes after they were dispatched by 911 emergency services, according to local media.

"If there were the proper amount of smoke detectors in this structure, then most, if not all, would have survived", Santone said.

Valerie Lockett-Slupski said that four of her grandchildren died in the fire.

The facility is a 24-hour day care called Harris Family Daycare.

Authorities on Monday were investigating the cause of a fire that swept through a home daycare in Erie, Pennsylvania, killing five children trapped inside.

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"So we are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened", Ms Lockett-Slupski told the newspaper.

"The lady that lived there ran through the fire to get outside", Santone told the Times-News.

She says the CCC, and other organizations follow "strict" guidelines set by the state's fire and building codes.

Go Erie reported that Pennsylvania Department of Human Services records list the daycare as being compliant following a December 2018 inspection, with a certificate of compliance covering March 21, 2019 to March 2020.

The day-care center's response to the note reads, "I will make sure it will be cleaned up and remain that way", and the department listed the issue as corrected.

The same inspection noted that there needed to be "protective receptacle covers" placed in electrical outlets that children five or under had access to, which the provider planned to turn "the outlets so they were closed" when not in use.

That issue was also listed as being corrected.

Erie police detectives told the newspaper that the owner was listed in stable condition after being flown to UPMC Mercy.