A Pennsylvania firefighter has spoken out about his grief over the loss of ten family members in a devastating house fire.
Harold Baker III said he first arrived at the scene of the Nespuk fire in the early hours of Friday, initially unaware that the house engulfed in flames was where 13 members of his family lived.
The 56-year-old explained that witnesses had actually reported on a 911 call that a nearby house was on fire.
“I was the first one to show up,” Mr Baker told independent“One of my deceased sons was also a firefighter.”
Mr Baker said the bodies of 10 relatives, including his 19-year-old son, had been found. Among the dead were three children between the ages of five and seven. The other three managed to escape hell.
Mr Baker, who has been a firefighter for nearly four years, said he regretted his inability to save his family.
“I couldn’t go in and save them. That’s what affected me the most. I couldn’t go in and save them,” he told a local news station Sinip, It first reported the tragedy.
Pennsylvania State Police have identified the murdered adults as Dale Baker, 19, and Starbeck, 2; David Daubert, 79; Brian Daubert, 4; Shannon Daubert, 45; Laura Daubert, 47; and Marianne Slusser, 54.
Violet Kessler, linked to eight victims, told New York Times Some of them decided to stay home after spending the day at the pool together on Thursday.
“I don’t even understand,” Ms Kessler told era“I don’t even know how to get it all into my brain. It’s like a dream.”
Mr Baker told independent He has the support of the community during this difficult time.
“They are taking care of all my family, all the people involved. We have stores that bring us food and send all kinds of donations,” he said.
Robin Massina, the daughter of the mayor of Nescopeck, also created a GoFundMe Pay for funeral expenses and help surviving family members.
Pennsylvania State Police have opened a criminal investigation into the fire. The cause has not yet been determined.