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An early morning fire at a day care in Erie, Pennsylvania killed five children, the Associated Press reported.
The fire at the day care center, operated within a residence, was reported at 1:15 a.m., officials told the AP. The owner was airlifted to a Pittsburgh hospital, officials said. The owner was in stable condition on Sunday afternoon, goerie.com reported.
The deceased victims ranged in ages from 8 months to 7 years, according to the AP report.
Fire officials told goerie.com they were still working to determine what caused the fire on the west side of the city. Erie Chief Fire Inspector John Widomski said investigators believed the fire started in the front living area of the first floor of the house. investigators found one smoke detector in the attic of the three-story building, he said.
Officials said firefighters arrived to find flames melting the vinyl siding off nearby homes.
The AP reported Harris Family Daycare was registered to operate a 24-hour daycare at the location. A Pennsylvania state agency listed the facility as compliant in December, the AP reported. However, the AP also found that an inspector had discovered problems with electrical outlet covers at the facility in January. The inspection noted cigarette or cigar ashes and butts in the child care space of the home.
Each of the issues had been marked as corrected since the inspection, the AP reported.
The grandmother of four of the children reportedly said the two boys and two girls were staying at the day care because their parents were working overnight, according to goerie.com.
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