Remains of 10 people

Remains of 10 people, including 3 children, found in rubble of Pennsylvania house fire
Remains of 10 people, including 3 children, found in rubble of Pennsylvania house fire

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Pennsylvania – Friday fire, Remains of 10 people, including 3 children, found in rubble of Pennsylvania house fire, state police said.

Among the dead were seven adults between the ages of 19 and 79, two boys ages 5 and 6, and a 7-year-old girl, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.

The adults were identified by state police as Dale Becker, age 19; Star Baker 22; David Duber Sr., 79; Brian Dober, 42; Shannon Dobber, 45; Laura Daubert, 47; and Marianne Sluser, 54 years old. The names of the children were not disclosed.

The Neskopic Volunteer Fire Department said one of the victims was an off-duty firefighter who was sleeping in the house at the time.

The 10 victims are his son, daughter, father, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, three grandchildren and two other relatives, Harold Becker, a volunteer firefighter in the town of Neskopic, told The Associated Press.

His children and other young victims were visiting their uncle’s and uncle’s house for swimming and other summer fun, he said, adding that the two-story house housed 13 dogs.

He did not say if he knew if any of them survived.

“All I wanted to do was go in there and get to these people, my family. That’s all I was thinking, getting into them,” Baker, 57, said in a phone interview with the Associated Press.

Grabbing a hose and a can of air, Baker began pouring water on the fire, desperate to make his way inside and call out to his son.

His boss realized his home, and the firefighters escorted Baker to the firehouse.

State police said in a statement that three men survived the fire. Another company, Baker said, was delivering newspapers.

The fire that broke out in the two-storey house early Friday quickly went so far as to fend off paramedics who tried to save it, authorities said Friday at the site of the tragedy.

“There was nothing we could do to get there,” said Baker, a firefighter of 40 years.

Asked if the investigation was criminal in nature, the state police only said that investigators wanted to determine the source of the fire.

Authorities said first responders discovered the remains after the fire was put out.

“The house was completely destroyed by the fire,” the state police said.

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