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Children killed in tragic fire at Pennsylvania childcare centre

Erie, Pennsylvania: Authorities say a morning fire claimed the lives of five children and sent another person to the hospital.

Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department says the victims died in a fire in Erie reported at about 1.15am on Sunday.

Paul Laughlin, 57, places stuffed animals outside a home where multiple people died in an early-morning fire.

Paul Laughlin, 57, places stuffed animals outside a home where multiple people died in an early-morning fire. Credit:Erie Times-News via AP

Santone says the victims ranged in ages from 8 months to 7 years.

The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership lists a daycare at the fire address. Erie Police Chief Dan Spizarny told the Erie Times-News that detectives are working to determine whether any of the victims were staying at the daycare.

Fire inspectors investigate the fire which claimed the lives of multiple children in Pennsylvania.

Fire inspectors investigate the fire which claimed the lives of multiple children in Pennsylvania.Credit:Erie Times-News

Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski told The Erie Times-News that a woman who also lives at the residence was flown to UPMC Mercy for treatment. Fire Chief Guy Santone told the paper that a neighbor was also injured.

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