It was not immediately known what started the early-morning fire in Nescopeck, a small borough in northeastern Pennsylvania.
According to state police, the wreckage of a rural Pennsylvania home that was destroyed by fire on Friday included the remains of 10 individuals, including three children.
According to Pennsylvania State Police, the fatalities were two boys, aged 5 and 6, a 7-year-old girl, and seven adults, who ranged in age from 19 to 79.
Dale Baker, 19, Star Baker, 22, David Daubert Sr., 79, Brian Daubert, 42, Shannon Daubert, 45, Laura Daubert, 47, and Marian Slusser, 54, were the adults that state police recognised. The children’s names were kept a secret.
According to the Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Department, one of the victims was an off-duty firefighter who was asleep inside the residence at the time.
According to the state police statement, three males managed to flee the fire.
Authorities said Friday at the scene of the tragedy that the fire at the two-story home early on Friday swiftly blazed to a level that rejected first responders who sought to make rescues.
When asked if the probe was criminal in nature, state police merely replied that the goal of the investigators is to identify the fire’s cause.
After the fire was extinguished, first responders reportedly found the remains.
According to state police, the fire entirely destroyed the house.
Nescopeck, a municipality of more than 1,600 people located 48 miles southwest of Scranton, reported the fire just before 3 a.m.