Published: Tue, August 13, 2019

Firefighter was dad to 3 of 5 kids killed in daycare blaze

Firefighter was dad to 3 of 5 kids killed in daycare blaze

Valeria Lockett-Slupskitold Go Erie four of her grandchildren, two boys and two girls, were among the children who died in the fire. Three of those victims were the children of a volunteer firefighter in Lawrence Park Township. The home owner was hospitalized after the fire Sunday. "Mr and Mrs Luther M Jones".

"We were able to rescue, or pull out, the five younger children, but unfortunately they all passed away", he said.

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

"So we are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened", Lockett-Slupski said.

Luther Jones pictured on the Lawrence Park Volunteer Fire Department's Facebook page.

But even if an electrical overload caused the fire, Santone says another major safety issue was found within the home: a lack of smoke detectors.

He said firefighters arrived on the scene about 25 minutes later, and found "heavy fire coming out of all the windows on the first floor, and reports were in that there were children trapped on the second floor".

The department's two fire inspectors and three Erie police detectives trained in fire investigations are working to determine the cause.


The owner has been admitted to UPMC Mercy for treatment and is reportedly in stable condition.

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership lists a day care at the fire address.

Two other children, 17 and 12, climbing on the roof and jumped to the ground.

A Pennsylvania community is heartbroken after five children were killed in a fire at their daycare.

The fire was reported in Erie at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday, Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department said.

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.

A January 3 inspection was said to have revealed the presence of "ashes and cigarette or cigar butts" which are banned in childcare and play spaces, as well as food preparation areas, according to CBS News.

The day care center's response to the note reads, "I will make sure it will be cleaned up and remain that way", and the department listed the issue as corrected.

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