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Fire at Erie, Pa. day care kills 5 children

Paul Laughlin 57 places stuffed animals on Sunday Aug. 11 2019 outside a home at 1248 West 11th St. in Erie Pa. where multiple people died in an early-morning fire Fire at Erie, Pa. day care kills 5 children
Deanna Wagner | 12 August, 2019, 09:30

Erie News Now reports that first responders did chest compressions on the victims as they left the scene on stretchers.

Five children were pulled from the house died, while a sixth person was flown to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh for treatment, a spokesperson for the Erie Police Department confirms to PEOPLE.

The fatal fire was reported at around 1 a.m. Sunday at a home in Erie, Pennsylvania, located about 130 miles north of Pittsburgh, police said.

Fire Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department said the victims ranged in ages from eight months to seven years.

The homeowner and daycare operator, Elaine Harris, was hospitalized for injuries she sustained during the fire and was in stable condition. He said a neighbor was also injured.

It is understood the fire started in the living room on the ground floor before it quickly spread.

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'So we are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened, ' Lockett-Slupski was quoted as saying as she stood across from the remains of the daycare center.

Valerie Lockett-Slupski, standing across the street from the fire-damaged house, told the newspaper she was the grandmother of four of the children, and that they were staying at the day care centre because their parents were working overnight.

The circumstances surrounding the fifth child who died were unclear. It was last inspected in December 2018.

Fire officials told they were still working to determine what caused the fire on the west side of the city.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Erie police Detective Sgt. Michael Hertel at 814-870-1260 or Detective David Walker at 814-870-1122.