Ten people, including three children, were killed in a Pennsylvania house on fire Friday morning, state police said. Three adults survived the fire and a criminal investigation is ongoing.
Authorities responded to the two-story Nescopeck home at 2:42 a.m. local time and learned that while three people had escaped, others were trapped inside, according to state police.
Several response agencies and K9 units located victims in their homes.
State Police identified them as: Dale Baker, 19; Star Baker, 22; David Daubert, 79; Brian Daubert, 42; Shannon Daubert, 45; Laura Daubert, 47; and Marian Slusser, 54. Three teenagers also died – they were identified as a seven-year-old girl, a six-year-old boy and a five-year-old boy.
Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Co. Firefighter Harold Baker told Wilkes-Barre’s Citizens Voice newspaper The 10 victims included his son, daughter, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, three grandchildren and two other relatives.
Baker said the address initially called was a nearby house, but when the fire truck approached, he realized it was his family’s home.
“When we turned around the corner of Dewey (street), I just had to look down the street to know what house it was,” Baker told Citizen Voice. “I was on the first engine and when we stopped, the whole place was All fully committed. We tried to get into them.”
Neighbors reported hearing a loud pop or explosion before seeing the front porch of their home quickly engulfed in flames. Some also reported hearing a young man scream at the door of their home, “They’re all dead.”
Baker, who was relieved of his firefighting duties because of his relationship with the victim, said 14 people were living in the home. He said one of them went out to deliver the newspaper and the other three escaped.
State police said the home was completely destroyed in the fire.