5 children dead in house fire; 1 adult in critical condition

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

The fire, which was reported at approximately 1:15am (05:15 GMT) on Sunday, remains under investigation by police and fire officials, Lieutenant Szocki of the City of Erie Police Department told Reuters news agency. The sibling's parents worked in night shift and therefore they stayed in the daycare centre.

Five small children were killed and an adult was left in critical condition on Sunday following a house fire in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department says arson has not yet been ruled out as a possibility but said that "it's too early to draw that conclusion".

Danika Scott, who lives next door to the house, told the Erie Times-News that she spotted the flames from her window and called for help.

According to a report on Huffington Post, the centre's owner was also injured in the fire and he was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.

The homeowner and two teenagers managed to escape the blaze, but were injured, Santone said. "And she drove herself to the hospital, and on the way to the hospital, she crashed her vehicle".

The day care center was certified by local authorities until March 2020, The Erie Times-News reported.

No names of the victims have yet been released, and detectives are working to determine whether they were staying at the day care, according to police.

CHICAGO - Six people were shot and wounded at a street party in West Chicago early Sunday morning when a gunman opened fire into a crowd of more than 100 people at a street party, CBS reported.

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership lists a daycare at the fire address.

Firefighters have not determined a cause, however, they are looking at the possibility that the fire may have been set.

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