The house fire in Pennsylvania killed 10 people from the same family, including three children, may have started on the front porch of the Nescopeck home, according to an official.
A preliminary investigation indicated the fire started on the front porch around 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce.
“The information I have is that the fire started and progressed very quickly, making it very difficult to get out,” he said.
The victims have been identified 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 names of the youngest victims, two boys ages 5 and 6 and a 7-year-old girl, were not officially released, but a GoFundMe identified the 6-year-old as Aiden Michael James Daubert.
Autopsies were scheduled for this weekend.
There were also 13 dogs in the two-story house. The fate of the animals was not clear.
Dale Baker, a 2021 graduate of Berwick Senior High School, like his parents, was a volunteer firefighter for Nescopeck, which is about 80 miles southwest of Scranton.
Only three adults were able to escape the fire, which completely destroyed the house. A state police investigation into the cause is ongoing.
The tragedy was compounded when one of the responding volunteer firefighters who pulled up to the fire, Harold Baker, realized the fire was at his relatives’ home, and his son and daughter and grandchildren, among other family members, were inside.
The children were visiting their aunt and uncle who owned the house, Baker said.
“All I wanted to do was go in there and get to these people, my family. That’s all I thought about was getting to them,” Baker told The Associated Press.
With Post wires