Fire rips through day care, killing five children

A fire broke out in a day care in Pennsylvania, killing five children under the age of 8. Four of the children were siblings.

Five children were killed early Sunday after a fire ripped through an overnight daycare facility in northwestern Pennsylvania.

In what they described as a “very tough night,” the Erie Fire Department of Erie, Pennsylvania, said firefighters were called to the 1200 block of West 11th St. just after 1 a.m. following reports of a structure fire with multiple occupants trapped inside.

The department said firefighters were able to rescue all seven people inside the building, and that many were young children in critical condition.

Five children were pulled from the house died, while a sixth person was flown to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh for treatment, a spokesperson for the Erie Police Department confirms to PEOPLE. The seventh person rescued, believed to be a teenager, escaped with minor injuries and was not hospitalized, the spokesperson said.

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