Family Tragedy: Mother Loses Four Children In Daycare Fire

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

A woman, Elaine Harris, is reported to have also been taken out of the fire and sent to hospital.

Two teens, ages 12 and 15, escaped through a second-story porch roof, the Erie News reported.

"I was just down there, there's flowers everywhere", Santone said about a memorial at the scene.

Santone said the victims were aged from eight months to seven years old, adding that the homeowner was injured, along with a neighbour who tried to enter the burning home to rescue victims.

The fire was funnelling out of every first-floor window when firefighters arrived, Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told the Erie Times-News.

While she could not speak to safety standards in Pennsylvania, Mattle says when you drop off your kids at any day care in NY, they are in good hands.

The blaze occurred at the Harris Family Daycare, an overnight childcare center run out of a home in Erie, Pa.

Still, the day care received a full fire inspection on December 28, 2018, and was found to be in compliance.

Officials are considering the possibility that it was arson, but the incident is still under investigation and nothing can be said for certain, Chief Santone said.

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.

Authorities are working to determine a cause for the fire.

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.

Widomski said the fire appeared to have started in the living room area on the first floor.

That issue was also listed as being corrected.

The firefighter, Luther Jones, was with the Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department handing other calls while the neighboring Erie Fire Department battled the deadly flames at the Harris Family Day Care.

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

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