(Reuters) – Five children died and other people were rescued from an early-morning fire at a home that operated as a daycare center in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, officials and news media reported.
Two teenaged boys escaped by climbing out a window, news media reported. They then screamed for help, alerting neighbors.
Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone told local news media that as many as eight people had been trapped, including the five children, the two teenagers and one adult. No official count was released early on Monday.
Four of the five children were staying at the center while their parents worked overnight, news media accounts said. It was unclear early on Monday whether the fifth child belonged to the family that lived in the house.
One neighbor heard the screams of the teenaged boys and tried to get into the first floor of the house but was forced back by the fire, Erie News Now reported.