A Pennsylvania home fire that killed 10 relatives, including three children, may have started on the porch of the Nescopeck home, an official says.
A preliminary investigation suggested 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 progressed very quickly, making evacuation very difficult,” he said.
The victims have been identified as Dale Baker, 19; Star Baker, 22; David Daubert senior, 79 years old; Brian Daubert, 42; Shannon Daubert, 45; Laure 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.
Dale Baker, a 2021 graduate of Berwick Senior High School, was, like his parents, a volunteer firefighter for Nescopeck, which is about 50 miles southwest of Scranton.
Only three adults were able to escape the fire, which completely destroyed the house. A state police investigation into the cause is ongoing.
The tragedy was compounded when one of the volunteer firefighters responding to the blaze, Harold Baker, realized the fire was at the home of his loved ones and his son, daughter and grandchildren , among other family members, were inside.
The children were visiting their aunt and uncle who owned the house, Baker said.
“All I wanted to do was go out there and join those people, my family. That’s all I was thinking about, getting in touch with them,” Baker told The Associated Press.
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New York Post