Pennsylvania home fire kills 7 adults, 3 children, criminal investigation ongoing – National

The fire quickly ripped through a home in the early hours of Friday, killing seven adults and three children and horrifying a volunteer firefighter who arrived to fight the blaze only to find the victims were his family, authorities said .

A criminal investigation into the fire is ongoing, authorities said. The children who died in the fire were aged 5, 6 and 7, the Pennsylvania State Police said in a news release.

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A man dies after a fire broke out at a home in east Toronto

Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter Harold Baker told Wilkes-Barre newspaper Citizens’ Voice that the 10 victims included his son, daughter, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, three grandchildren and two other relatives .

He told WNEP-TV there were also 13 dogs in the home, but didn’t say if he knew if any survived.

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The Nescdeck fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. One person was found dead at the family home shortly after rescue workers arrived, while two other victims were found later in the morning.

Some people were able to escape safely from the burning house, authorities said.

Baker said the address originally given for the call was a neighbor’s house, but that he realized it was his family’s residence when the fire truck approached.

“As we turned the corner up here on Dewey (Street), I knew immediately which house it was just by looking down the street,” Baker told Citizens’ Voice. “I was on the first engine and when we pulled up the whole place was totally involved. We tried to get to them.”

Neighbors reported hearing a loud bang or explosion before seeing the home’s porch quickly engulfed in flames. Some also reported hearing a young man outside the house yelling, “They’re all dead.”

Baker, who was relieved of his firefighting duties because of his relationship with the victims, said 14 people lived in the home. One of them was delivering newspapers, while three others escaped, he said.

“The kids that were there and my two kids were just visiting their aunt and uncle,” Baker told WNEP. “They owned the house. They were there visiting and going in the pool and all that.”

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Lt. Derek Felsman of the Pennsylvania State Police said a “complex criminal investigation” was underway. Soldiers interviewed survivors, he said.

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