ERIE, Pa. (WSYR-TV) — Five children are dead after a house fire in Erie, Pennsylvania and firefighters say more smoke detectors in the home might have saved lives.
There were eight people in the single-family house when the fire broke out. The victims were between the ages of eight-months and seven-years-old. Two teenage boys jumped off the roof of the house and managed to escape the fire.
The fire chief says there was only one working smoke detector in the home and it was in the attic.
“More times than not, when you have a fire like this, with this many deaths, it’s due to the fact that there aren’t smoke detectors involved,” Chief Guy Santone said.
The home is often used as a daycare. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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