Five children killed in Pennsylvania day care center fire

Five children killed in Pennsylvania day care center fire


HE LEAVES BEHIND A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN. SOME PARENTS DROPPED THEIR KIDS AT DAY CARE AND DIDN’T KNOW THEY WERE SAYING GOODBYE FOREVER. FIVE CHILDREN DIED WHEN A FIRE RIPPED THROUGH A DAY CARE IN ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA, COUPLE HOURS NORTH OF PITTSBURGH. THE FIRE CHIEF SAYS THE KIDS RANGED IN AGE FROM EIGHT MONTHS TO 7 YEARS OLD. THREE OF THEM WERE THE CHILDREN OF A VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER. THE DAY CARE WAS HOME CONVERTED INTO A 24-HOUR CENTER SO PARENTS COULD LEAVE THEIR CHILDREN WHILE THEY WORKED THE THIRD SHIFT. A FIRE OFFICIAL SAYS THE PLACE DID NOT HAVE ANY WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS EXCEPT IN THE ATTIC. A NEIGHBOR NEARBY SAYS HE RAN TO HELP BUT COULDN’T GET TO THE KIDS.>>I TRIED TO GO INSIDE. I MADE IT TO THE LIVING ROOM AND I COULDN’T GO ANY FURTHER.>>Shepard: THE FIRE CHIEF SAYS THE DAY CARE’S OWNER WAS ALSO INJURED IN THE FIRE. DAVID LEE MILLER REPORTING LIVE WITH MORE.>>THE FIREFIGHTER WHO LOST THREE CHILDREN IN THE BLAZE WAS REPORTEDLY BATTLING ANOTHER FIRE WHEN THE TRAGEDY OCCURRED. THE LEGAL INFERNO WAS SO INTENSE THAT VINYL SIDING MELTED ALONG WITH THE SIDING ON NEARBY HOMES. FIREFIGHTERS WERE ON THE SCENE AND ONLY 4 MINUTES BUT BY THEN THE FLAMES OR ALREADY SHOOTING OUT OF EVERY FIRST FLOOR WINDOW. NEIGHBORS WATCHED HELPLESSLY AS THE HOME BURNED. THOSE WHO TRIED TO HELP OR MET WITH AN IMPENETRABLE WALL OF HEAT. OF THE NINE PEOPLE WHO DID SURVIVE, THEY CLIMBED OUT OF A SECOND STORY WINDOW SAFETY AND THE HOMEOWNER GOT OUT ALIVE AND TRYING TO DRIVE HERSELF TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL BUT OVERWHELMED BY INJURIES, SHE CRASHED HER VEHICLE. SHE HAS ABORTED TO BE IN STABLE CONDITION.>>Shepard: BACK IN JANUARY, INVESTIGATORS FOUND SOME CIGARETTE AND CIGAR IN THE DAY CARE AND THAT WAS OF SOME DEGREE OF CONCERN, RIGHT?>>THE ASHES AND CIGARETTE BUTTS WERE FOUND IN AREAS USED TO PREPARE FOOD AS WELL AS AN AREA THAT WAS USED TO TAKE CARE OF THE KIDS. THE DAY CARE CENTER DID CORRECT THAT PROBLEM, ACCORDING TO RECORDS. INSPECTORS ON THE SCENE ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE NOW A CAUSE OF THE FIRE. A PUBLISHED REPORTS HAS BEEN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM MIGHT BE TO BLAME. A POSSIBLE CLUE WAS FOUND UNDER THE FURNITURE.>>THERE’S A LOT OF EXTENSION CORDS UNDERNEATH THE COUCH, A LOT OF DIFFERENT ITEMS WERE PLUGGED INTO IT. IT’S LEADING TOWARDS THAT.>>AUTHORITY SAY SO FAR THERE IS NOTHING TO SUGGEST THE CAUSE OF THIS FIRE MIGHT BE CRIMINAL. IN A STATEMENT THIS MORNING, ERIE’S COUNTY EXECUTIVE SAID “YURI IS A TIGHT-KNIT COMMUNITY

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