My babies are gone: 4 of 5 children killed in Pennsylvania day care fire were siblings
Five children and dead and a woman hospitalized after a fire engulfed a Pennsylvania home. Two older children were able to escape. USA TODAY
The father of three of four siblings killed in a fire at a Pennsylvania day care is a volunteer firefighter who was responding to another call at the time of the blaze, a fire official said.
At least five children were killed and two people injured in the blaze that ripped through the center in Erie early Sunday, authorities say.
Chief Joe Crotty of the Lawrence Park Township Volunteer Fire Department told USA TODAY that volunteer Luther Jones was out on a call that turned out to be a false alarm as his department helped handle other calls while Erie firefighters responded to the day care.
The tragedy is “beyond comprehension,” Crotty said.
Four of the five children killed were siblings, other family members told local media.
“I’m just so hurt my babies are gone,” the children’s mother, Shevona Overton, told Erie News Now. “I love them dearly. I just hurt inside knowing that my kids were fighting and hurting in that fire. Every minute, I feel the same pain.”
Overton identified the children, two boys and two girls, as La’Myhia Jones, 8; Luther Jones Jr., 6; Ava Jones, 4; and Jaydan Augustyniak, 9 months.
Fire officials have not released the names of the dead but said the fifth child was a 2-year-old boy, the Erie Times-News reported.