The fire at a Pennsylvania home that killed 10 people from the same family, including three children, may have started on the porch of the Nescopeck home, according to an official.
A preliminary investigation found the fire started on the porch around 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to Lucerne District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce.
“The information I have is that the fire started and spread very quickly, making it very difficult to get out,” he said.
The victims were identified as Dale Baker, 19; Sternbacker, 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 aged 5 and 6 and a 7-year-old girl, have not been 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 unclear.
A 2021 graduate of Berwick Senior High School, Dale Baker, like his parents, was a volunteer firefighter for Nescopeck, which is about 50 miles southwest of Scranton.
Only three adults managed to escape the fire, which completely destroyed the house. The state police are investigating the cause.
The tragedy was compounded when one of the responding volunteer firefighters, Harold Baker, found the fire was at his relative’s home and his son, daughter and grandchildren were at the home, among other family members.
The children were visiting their aunt and uncle, who owned the home, Baker said.
“All I wanted to do was go in there and get to these people, my family. That’s all I thought of to get to them,” Baker told The Associated Press.
With postal wires
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