Fire at Pennsylvania day care center killed 5 children, sent the owner to hospital.

13 days ago

Erie news, Pennsylvania news.

A fire that broke out Sunday morning in a Pennsylvania day care center killed five children, including four siblings, and sent the owner to the hospital, police and the child's grandmother said.

The fire victims, who were reported at 1:12 am, were between eight months and seven years old, said Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone.

The grandmother of four of the victims, Valerie Lockett-Slupski, said her grandchildren, two boys and two girls, had died.

The circumstances surrounding the deceased fifth child were unclear.

The fire broke out at Harris Family Day Care in western Erie, according to information provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services website and the Erie Times-News.

The daycare's owner, Elaine Harris, was reportedly transported to UPMC Mercy for treatment.

Two other children, aged 17 and 12, escaped by climbing onto a roof and jumping to the ground, while other children were rescued by firefighters Erie, the report added.

The two fire inspectors and three Erie police detectives were investigating the cause of the fire.