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