- Ten people have died in a house fire in Lucerne County, Pennsylvania.
- When firefighters arrived to put out the blaze, Harold Baker realised his family was inside.
- He lost his son, daughter, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, three grandchildren and two other relatives.
A firefighter went to the scene of a huge house fire in Lucerne County, Pennsylvania, and found the family of ten people, three children and seven adults who died.
Nespuk Volunteer Fire Company firefighter Harold Baker was in the first fire truck to arrive at the blaze. The initial callout reportedly gave the address of the house next door, but when the engine turned to the street, he realized it was his relative’s house that had been destroyed by fire. Washington post.
He says Associated Press The dead are his son, daughter, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, three grandchildren and two other relatives. Three survived.
Pennsylvania State Police has Sure The dead were Dale Baker, 19, Star Baker, 2, David Daubert, 79, Brian Daubert, 4, Shannon Daubert, 45, Laura Daubert, 47, and Marian Slusser, 54.
Baker said he tried to enter the house but his fellow firefighters stopped him because it was too dangerous.
“I tried to get in as quickly as possible,” he said. “I tried three times before they realised whose house it was and why I was going in and they pulled me away,” he told New York Times. His colleagues told him. “‘No, you have to get out of here,'” Baker said.
When they found the body of his 19-year-old son Dale, who followed his father, also a volunteer firefighter, the team hung a flag over his body. “They took him as a fallen firefighter,” he said.
An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire, according to police.
A man who lived two doors away from the house described the fire in the two-story house to The New York Times, saying, “Boy, it’s just a terrible fire,” explaining that after a loud bang, The fire spread quickly from the porch.
“It’s a hell. God bless the kids who were there. They didn’t pray,” he said.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Say He was “heartbroken” by the incident and thanked the first responders who arrived at the scene.