Ten people, including three children, died after a violent fire broke out in a central Pennsylvania home on Friday, officials said.
According to Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant Derek Felsman, crew members who responded to Neskopec's early morning fire were initially unable to enter the two-story house due to the flames and heat. was.
Fire brigade firefighters were killed in a fatal fire on August 5, 2022 in Neskopec, Pennsylvania.
The fire was reported shortly after 2:30 a.m., according to police.
State Police confirmed that 10 of his bodies were found in the house on Friday evening. Police said the victims' ages ranged from five to 79. It included a 7-year-old girl and her 2 boys, her 5-year-old and her 6-year-old. The name has not been released.
The adult victim was identified by State Police as Dale Baker, 19. Starr Baker, 22 years old. David Daubert, Sr., 79 years old. Brian Daubert, 42 years old. Shannon Daubert, 45 years old. Laura Daubert, 47 years old.
According to police, three adults were able to leave the house safely.
The house was "totally destroyed" in the fire, and K9 units were used to search for victims, police said.
Nescopeck volunteer firefighter Harold Baker, one of the first to rush to the scene, said 14 people were at home, many of them family members. He said he had not heard from 10 people and expected to have lost a son and daughter, several grandchildren, a father-in-law, a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law. When we stopped, the whole place was totally involved," Baker told Scranton ABC affiliate WNEP. "We tried to get in on them, but there was no way to get in."
} Firefighters responded to a fatal fire in Neskopeck, Pennsylvania, on August 5, 2022.
Across the street from the Mike Swank family, he heard a "pop" outside. told WNEP when he was watching TV. Looking out the window, he saw that the front door of the house had been "almost completely swallowed up."
"Here was a gentleman running down the street, yelling and saying that not everyone was safe," he told the station.
Fire brigade firefighters killed the fatal fire in Neskopec, Pennsylvania, on August 5, 2022.
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An investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Leo Mayorga of ABC News contributed to this report.
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