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5 small children dead in Pennsylvania house fire; 1 adult in critical condition

Posted: 5:35 AM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 08:54:09-04
Multi vehicle fire extinguished by fire crews

Five small children were killed and an adult was left in critical condition on Sunday following a house fire in northwestern Pennsylvania .

The fatal fire was reported at around 1 a.m. Sunday at a home in Erie, Pennsylvania, located about 130 miles north of Pittsburgh, police said.

The address of the home matched that of a daycare called the Harris Family Daycare, but it’s unclear if victims were there as part of the daycare.

The victims' identities were not released, but police described the dead as "very young children."

Police are still investigating the cause of the fire.

The adult victim was rushed to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center via helicopter in critical condition. Their relationship to the children was not immediately clear.