Eight-month old baby one of five children dead after day care centre fire

Five children have died and one person is seriously injured after a fire ripped through a day care centre in the US.

The blaze broke out at a building in the town of Erie, Pennsylvania, at around 1.15am on Sunday.

Firefighters entered the scene and pulled seven people – including five children – from the burning centre

First responders performed emergency CPR in a desperate bid to revive the children but it was later confirmed that all five had succumbed to their injuries in hospital.

An eight-month-old baby is believed to be amongst the victims.

A mother was flown to a hospital in Pittsburgh where she is receiving emergency treatment.

Pictures from the scene show how the two-storey building was left almost completely gutted by the infero.

Eyewitnesses say they heard the screams of two teens who had escaped from the second-floor porch roof, and began shouting that babies had been left trapped inside.

One neighbour had attempted to enter the first floor of the home but was driven back by the smoke, Erie News Now reported .

Some reports suggest that the address was being used as an overnight daycare centre.

Authorities have now launched an investigation into what triggered the fatal blaze.

Chief Guy Santone of the Erie Fire Department says arson has not yet been ruled out as a possibility but said that "It's too early to draw that conclusion."

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