A firefighter who was called to the scene of a house fire found the victims were his own family after at least ten people were killed as the fire engulfed a house in the US state of Pennsylvania.
The house in Pennsylvania’s Nescopeck town caught fire in the early morning hours on Friday as authorities identified the victims. Firefighter Harold Baker said the dead were his family, including his daughter, son, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and three kids and two relatives. At least three people escaped the fire, reports said.
The three children were reportedly aged five, six and seven and the adults were in the 19 to 79 age group.
The authorities used sniffer dogs to search for the victims as the building was completely gutted. Baker said he tried to reach the house as fast as he could and tried to enter the house but was pulled away by colleagues.
The police have launched an investigation into the incident. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf while expressing his condolences said he was “heartbroken” while thanking the first responders who rushed to the scene.
(With inputs from agencies)
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