Lawrence Park Township Volunteer Fire Chief Joe Crotty says Luther Jones’ two daughters and a son were killed in the fire.
The children haven’t been formally identified, but the Erie Fire Department says the dead range in age from 8 months to 7 years. The owner was hospitalized after the fire Sunday.
Crotty says at the time of the blaze Jones had responded to another call for what turned out to be a malfunctioning alarm.
Erie fire officials say the children were staying overnight at a house that had been turned into a day care center.