Five children dead in day care centre fire

Five children have been killed and another person injured after fire broke out in a day care centre in Pennsylvania.

The fire was reported at about 1.15am local time on Sunday morning in Erie.

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

A woman who lives at the address was also flown to a nearby hospital for treatment, chief fire inspector John Widomski said.

According to the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, a day care centre was operating at the address.

Erie Police Chief Dan Spizarny told the Erie Times-News that detectives are working to find out if any of the victims were staying at the day care.

In a statement on Facebook, Erie firefighters wrote: “Erie News Now has unfortunately reported that four of the infants rescued from the fire on West 11th Street have passed. One infant remains in critical condition and a Mother has been flown to Pittsburgh. We offer our deepest sympathies to all effected by this horrible tragedy and we keep the survivors in our thoughts and prayers.”

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They later added: “Tragically, the fifth child rescued has passed.”

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Source: SKY NEWS

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