LANCASTER, Pa. — A blaze that erupted early Thursday at a central Pennsylvania home killed four people, including two children, and left three other residents critically injured, authorities said. Investigators believe unattended food caused the fire.
The fire started in the kitchen of a three-story Lancaster duplex at about 3 a.m. after frozen potatoes were placed in the oven, fire officials said. One victim was identified by fire authorities and a relative as the homeowner, 65-year-old Jimmie Moore.
A man in his early 40s was pronounced dead at the scene, while two children died later at Lancaster General Hospital, Fire Chief Timothy Gregg said.
Three people were transferred to the burn center at Crozer Chester Medical in critical condition, while one person was admitted to the hospital in serious condition, a nursing supervisor at Lancaster General Hospital said. Several other people were treated and released.
Fourteen members of several families lived in the home, which did not have smoke detectors, Gregg said.