PICTURED: Woman, 44, teenager, 19, and woman, 22, among ten killed in horror Pennsylvania house fire after firefighter grandfather revealed he ‘couldn’t get in’ to save the victims aged 6 to 70
- The fire tore through a home where 14 people were living in Nescopeck, Pennsylvania
- Firefighter Harold Baker said his son, daughter-in-law, grandkids and in-laws were living in the home
- The cause of the fire remains unclear; four escaped but 10 were unable to get out along with 13 dogs
- A GoFundMe campaign has been set up by the daughter of the town’s Mayor to help raise funds
- Nescopeck is a tiny, rural town located 130 miles northwest of Philadelphia
- The town has only a handful of streets and a population of around 1,200
- The house where the fire occurred sits next to a church and other residences
- Pennsylvania State Police are now investigating what they called a ‘complex criminal’ scenario
At least 10 people have died after a fire tore through a home in Pennsylvania on Thursday night where fourteen people were living.
Crews were called to the home in the early hours of the morning in the township of Nescopeck, Luzerne County. Four people made it out alive but ten – including children – are feared dead.
It’s unclear what started the blaze, but Pennsylvania State Police said they had launched a ‘complex criminal investigation’.
Among firefighters who were battling the blaze is the grandfather of some of the victims. He has been named as Harold Baker of the Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company.
‘I couldn’t get in there to save them. That is the biggest thing that has been on me… I couldn’t get in there to save them.
The adult victims have been named as Dale Backer, 19, Star Backer, 22, David Daubert Senior, 79, Shannon Daubert, 44, Laura Daubert, 48 and Marian Slusser, 54. The other unnamed victims are two boys ages 5 and 6 and a girl aged 7.
Baker told local media: ‘The address that they gave us was the neighbor’s address. It was right next door to them. … When we turned the corner up here on Dewey (Street) I knew right away what house it was just by looking down the street.
He continued: ‘I was on the first engine, and when we pulled up the whole place was fully involved. We tried to get into them. There wasn’t no way we could get into them.’
‘We pulled up and the whole place was fully involved… we tried to get into them but there was no way.
‘I lost my son, my daughter, grandson, two other grandkids in there, my father-in-law, my brother-in-law, and my sister-in-law. All lost.’
The scene of the deadly fire in Pennsylvania where ten people died in an overnight fire
Shannon Dietterick Daubert, 44, pictured on her Facebook page. She celebrated her wedding anniversary with David Daubert Jr. less than a week before her death
Dale Baker, 19, is the youngest of the adult victims
Star Backer, pictured here with her fiancé Matthew Burger, was 22 years old
The victims all ranged in age from 6 years old to 70, according to local police. The cause of the fire remains unclear
The victims all ranged in age from 6 years old to 70, according to local police. The cause of the fire remains unclear.
The fire began at 2.30am. Neighbors say they woke up to a ‘pop’.
‘I woke up this morning, and I was downstairs watching TV, and I heard a pop. I looked outside and on the front porch. It just started, and it was already almost fully involved,’ said Mike Swank, who lives across the street.
‘There was a gentleman out here running around the street. He was yelling- really upset, saying not everyone made it out. Animals. I mean, there was a lot of people living in there.’
The family’s next door neighbor told the Scranton Times-Tribune: ‘It blew the whole front out. There was no front of the house, only three sides.’
The daughter of the town’s mayor has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the victims.
The ongoing recovery scene at the house in Nescopeck where at least ten people died in an overnight fire on Thursday