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5 dead in Pennsylvania fire

13 August 2019

It was unclear early on Monday whether the fifth child belonged to the family that lived in the house. Authorities say an early morning fire in northwestern Pennsylvania claimed the lives of multiple children and sent another person to the hospital. Jones' two daughters La'Myhia Jones, eight, and Ava Jones, four, as well as his son Luther Jones Jr., six, were killed in the fire.

Erie fire officials say the children were staying overnight at a house that had been turned into a day care center.

"So we are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened", she told the newspaper. Three of those victims were the children of a volunteer firefighter in Lawrence Park Township.

Flames could be seen coming out of every first-floor window when firefighters arrived, according to the Times-News.

Widomski told the newspaper that the fire appeared to have started in the living room area on the first floor.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation by police and fire officials.

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The facility is a 24-hour day care called Harris Family Daycare.

Two teenaged boys escaped by climbing out a window, news media reported.

Santone said a neighbor was also injured.

"Organizationally and individually, we are heartbroken by the recent tragic fire in the City of Erie", the department said in its post.

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The Lawrence Park Fire Department said on its Facebook page Sunday that it would be launching a donation campaign to support Jones.

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Still, the day care received a full fire inspection on December 28, 2018, and was found to be in compliance.

The inspection, conducted on January 3 inspection, did reveal a presence of "ashes and cigarette or cigar butts", which are banned in childcare and play spaces, according to CBS News.

Another department note from the same date reads "protective receptacle covers shall be placed in electrical outlets accessible to children five years of age or younger", to which the day care's response was, "I turned the outlets so they were closed".

That issue was also listed as being corrected.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Erie police Detective Sgt. Michael Hertel at 814-870-1260 or Detective David Walker at 814-870-1122.

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5 dead in Pennsylvania fire