Ten people have been found dead in a Pennsylvania home after it caught fire early Friday morning, sending investigators into a frenzy as they work on what is being called a ‘complex criminal investigation’.
Three children, ages 4, 5 and 6, were all killed in the blaze, along with seven adults, Pennsylvania State Police said Friday night.
Neighbors reported hearing a loud bang or explosion before seeing the porch engulfed in flames around 2:30 a.m., The Associated Press reported. A neighbor also reported hearing a young man shouting outside the house: “They are all dead.
Pennsylvania State Police are investigating the fire in Nescopeck, a town of 1,500 people about 115 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
Initial reports indicate that almost an entire family may have been wiped out by the flames.
Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter Harold Baker told the Voice of citizens that he lost his son, daughter, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, three grandchildren and two other relatives in the flames.
The Voice of citizens reported that the adults killed in the flames were: Dale Baker, 19; Star Baker, 22; David Daubert senior, 79 years old; Brian Daubert, 43; Shannon Daubert, 45; Laure Daubert, 47; and Marian Slusser, 54.
Thirteen dogs also died in the flames, according to this report.
Baker said the house had a total of 14 residents, but three were able to escape and one was delivering newspapers when the fire started.
“The kids that were there and my two kids were visiting their aunt and uncle,” Baker told WNEP. “They were the ones who owned the house. They were there to visit and get in the pool and all that.