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10 people — including three children — were killed in a house fire in Pennsylvania, state police say

Written by Javed Iqbal

The victims range in age from 5 to 79 years, according to the authorities.

Nescopeck is about 95 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Authorities responded to the scene of a two-story house fire shortly before 3 a.m. Friday, according to a state police public information report. Three adults got out to safety, while the 10 victims were located dead inside.

“Firefighters made valiant efforts to enter the house behind, but were pushed back by extensive flames and heat,” state police Lt. Derek Felsman said at a news conference Friday morning.

The victims were identified by state police as Dale Baker, 19; Star Baker, 22; David Daubert Sr., 79; Brian Daubert, 42; Shannon Daubert, 45; Laura Daubert, 47; and Marian Slusser, 54. The three children killed were identified as two boys, ages 5 and 6, and a girl, 7.

“We are using multiple department assets to ensure a thorough and complete investigation of this fatal fire,” Felsman said. The house was “completely destroyed” by the fire, state police said.

When asked if authorities were conducting a criminal investigation into the fire, Felsman replied that “it is a fire investigation at this time.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce told CNN.

“Should the fire marshals determine that the cause is intentional and flammable, we would open a criminal investigation for arson,” he said.

The American Red Cross said it was responding to the needs of people displaced by the fire through financial support and other services, including mental health resources for those affected and first responders.

“As this situation continues to develop, we are committed to the community of Nescopeck and, in coordination with local and county officials, will bring our support and programs to help those affected by this tragedy,” said the American Red Cross the Greater Pennsylvania Region to CNN in a statement.

CNN’s Liam Reilly contributed to this report.

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