A fireman rescues a burning house and finds his own children and 6 relatives dead
A house fire in the eastern US state of Pennsylvania killed 10 people, including three children, on Friday, state police said.
Three children, aged five, six and seven, were killed in an early morning fire in the state’s northeastern town of Neskope, police said in a statement.
The other victims ranged in age from 19 to 79.
Three adults escaped the fire.
“The house was completely destroyed by fire,” police said, and K9 units were used to help search for the victims.
Pictures carried by US media showed charred walls of the two-storey house collapsing around the mangled remains of the building.
One of the first responders in the incident, firefighter Harold Baker of the Neskop Volunteer Fire Company, was related to eight of the 10 victims and lost his children, ages 19 and 22, the New York Times reported.
“I tried to get in as fast as I could,” he told the newspaper, adding that he tried to get in several times before his colleagues pulled him away.
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire.
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