Local child care expert 'horrified' over Pennsylvania day care blaze

Paul Laughlin places stuffed animals outside a home where five children died in a fire

A fire at a day-care centre in the USA state of Pennsylvania has killed at least five children, including four siblings, officials said.

The fire, reported around 05:15 on Sunday remained under investigation by police and fire officials, Lieutenant Szocki of the City of Erie Police Department told Reuters news agency.

Five children, ranging in age from 8 months to 7 years old, were killed in the blaze.

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership lists the Harris Family Daycare as 'a 24 hour, 7 days a week childcare service including holidays'.

Mr Santone told The New York Times that one of the victims was Ms Harris' child and the other four were siblings, possibly left overnight by parents who worked night shifts.

Go Erie reports Pennsylvania Department of Human Services records show the day care was registered and compliant following a December 2018 inspection, with a certificate of compliance covering March 21 to March 2020.

The fire was funneling out of every first-floor window when firefighters arrived, Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski said.

"We offer our deepest sympathies to all effected by this disgusting tragedy and we keep the survivors in our thoughts and prayers", officials from the Erie Fire Department wrote on Facebook.

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Santone told local news media an electrical overload on the first floor living room may have been the cause.

However, by then, the fire had taken over most of the house.

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.

The state Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning listed the day care as in compliance with requirements following a December 28, 2018, inspection.

Two boys, said to be Ms Harris' sons, suffered minor injuries jumping from upper-floor windows in the two-storey wood-frame house.

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

That issue was also listed as being corrected.

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