5 children killed in Pennsylvania house fire

(NY DAILY NEWS) – Five children were killed and a mother was injured after a Pennsylvania house caught fire early Sunday morning.

Seven people were rescued from the house shortly after the blaze was reported around 1:15 a.m, Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone said, according to Erie News Now.

Chief Santone said the victims ranged in ages from 8 months to 7 years old. The home was listed as a daycare, which offered overnight stays, according to one neighbor.

Four of the five children who died were siblings, their grandmother told the Erie Times-News.

Valerie Lockett-Slupski said her grandchildren, two boys and two girls, ages 8, 6, 4 and 10 months old, were staying at the daycare because their parents were working overnight.

The owner of the house and operator of the daycare, Elaine Harris, was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh but was in stable condition later Sunday.

On Facebook, the Erie Firefighters union described it as a “very tough night” for the firefighters and the other emergency responders who went to the scene.

Police investigators are working with the fire department to find the cause of the fire and arson has not been ruled out.

“It’s too early to draw that conclusion,” Chief Santone told Erie News Now.