ERIE, Pa. â€” A fire at a Pennsylvania day care center early Sunday killed five children, including four siblings, officials said.
Four people were injured, including two teenagers who jumped from a second-floor window onto a porch of the home in Erie to escape the flames, Erie Fire Chief Guy Santone told CNN in an interview. Santone said the homeowner was injured, along with a neighbor who tried to enter the burning home to rescue victims.
Eight people were in the home when the fire broke out around 1:15 a.m., Santone said. The home also operated as a day care, according to fire officials.
â€œI was just down there. Thereâ€™s flowers everywhere,â€ Santone said about a memorial at the scene. â€œNobody likes to see this, especially when itâ€™s kids.â€
Firefighters rescued the five children from second-story bedrooms at the front of the home, CNN affiliate WJET reported.
Santone said the children who died were between 8 months to roughly 8 years old.
Four of the victims were siblings who were being cared for at the day care, the fire chief said. Their siblingsâ€™ mother worked the night shift, Santone said.
The homeownerâ€™s child was also killed, he said.
â€œThe lady that lived there ran through the fire to get outside. She had burned her lungs and probably didnâ€™t realize that,â€ Santone told WJET. â€œAnd she drove herself to the hospital, and on the way to the hospital, she crashed her car.â€
The woman was flown to University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for treatment, authorities said.
The Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, a nonprofit, lists the address of the home as the Harris Family Daycare. The day care provides â€œ24 hour, 7 days a week childcare service,â€ the chamber said on its website.
Santone said fire investigators only found one smoke detector in the attic of the home.
â€œIf there were the proper amount of smoke detectors in this structure, then most, if not all, would have survived,â€ Santone said.