Five children, four of the siblings died as a result of a early-morning fire on Sunday.
Fire officials said that the report came in at around 1:11 a.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2019. The caller said that there were multiple people trapped inside the burning home, located at 1248 11th Street. The owner of Harris Family Day Care, Elaine Harris, two teens, and five other children were inside the home at the time of the fire. The 24-hour daycare had four siblings, 8, 6, 4, and 10-months old were there for the night while their “We are all at a loss, trying to figure out how this happened,” she said, noting the kids were staying at the residence, an overnight daycare, while their parents worked.
The two teens got out of the home and onto the roof and were assisted by neighbors to get down safely. Firefighters rushed in to the fully engulfed him and pulled the five children outside of the home. Lifesaving efforts were performed on the children, who all died as a result of the fire. Elaine Harris was airlifted to the hospital and is expected to survive.
An electric overload is suspected of starting the fire, but the exact cause remains under investigation. It was also learned that only one smoke detector in the home.
“We offer our deepest sympathies to all affected by this horrible tragedy and we keep the survivors in our thoughts and prayers,” Erie Fire officials said.
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