3 children die in central Pa. farmhouse fire
DANVILLE — An early morning fire on Friday in a farmhouse in north-central Pennsylvania killed three children, ages 2 to 13, authorities said.
The blaze was reported about 1:20 a.m. Friday near Danville, about 100 miles west of Philadelphia, officials said.
“It doesn't get much worse than this,” said Chief Butch Kriner of the Southside Fire Company in Riverside.
The Northumberland County coroner identified the victims as 13-year old Daniel Dissinger; 7-year old Gavin Dissinger; and 2-year old Arthur Dissinger. Their deaths were ruled accidental.
The children's mother was at work at the time of the fire, Kriner said.
A 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl managed to escape from the home and were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.
Another child was staying at a friend's house overnight.
The home was almost completely collapsed by the time the first fire crews arrived, officials said.
“It was all but in the basement by the time we got there, so I could not tell you where it started,” Kriner said.
The cause is under investigation.
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