Ten people, including three children, died in a house fire in the eastern US state of Pennsylvania on Friday, state police said.
Three children, aged five, six and seven, were among those killed in an early morning fire in Nescopeck, a town in the northeast of the state, police said in a statement.
Other victims ranged in age from 19 to 79 years.
Three adults escaped the fire.
“The residence was completely destroyed by fire” and K9 units were deployed to help search for the victims, police said.
Photos taken by US media showed charred walls of the two-storey house collapsing around the destroyed remains of the building.
Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company firefighter Harold Baker, who was one of the first on the scene, was related to eight of the 10 victims and lost his children, ages 19 and up, the New York Times reported. And was 22 years old.
“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 started to find out the cause of the fire.
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