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Pennsylvania home fire kills 10; Neighbors report cracking noises

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Among the dead were three children, aged 5, 6 and 7, whose names have not been released. Pennsylvania State Police identified the adults who died as Dale Baker, 19; Sternbacker, 22; David Daubert Sr., 79; Brian Daubert, 43; Laura Daubert, 47; and Marian Slusser, 54.

Aug 5 (News) — An early morning fire in the eastern Pennsylvania town of Nescdeck killed 10 people on Friday, state police said.

Three adults were able to safely escape the fire that destroyed the home. Officials believe 13 dogs also died in the fire.

“Three deceased have been removed and we expect that several other deceased will be respectfully removed from the residence upon identification,” said Lt. Derek Felsman. “It’s a complex criminal investigation with multiple fatalities.”

State police said the fire broke out at 2:42 a.m. after a family reunion where some of the children stayed, the Times-Tribune reported from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Neighbors told officers they heard a loud bang or explosion before the porch burst into flames.

A Nescdeck Volunteer Fire Co. firefighter, Harold Baker, said his children and grandchildren were among the dead.

“I couldn’t get in to save her. That’s the biggest thing that has ever bothered me. I couldn’t get in to save her,” he told WNEP-TV in Scranton.

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