The victims were identified by state police as Dale Baker, 19; Star Baker, 22; David Daubert Sr., 79; Brian Daubert, 42; Shannon Daubert, 45; Laura Daubert, 47; and Marian Slusser, 54. The three children killed were identified as two boys, siglos 5 y 6, y una chica, edad 7.
“We are utilizing multiple department assets to ensure a thorough and complete investigation into this fatal fire,” Felsman said. The house was “completely destroyed,” by the blaze, la policía estatal dijo.
When asked whether authorities were conducting a criminal investigation into the blaze, Felsman responded that “it’s a fire investigation at this time.”
La causa del incendio está bajo investigación, Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce told CNN.
“Should the fire marshals determine the cause to be intentional and incendiary, we would begin a criminal investigation for arson,” él dijo.
Gobernador de Pensilvania. Tom Wolf said he was “desconsolado” over the loss of life.
“Our prayers are with their loved ones
,” el gobernador escribió
en Twitter. “Thank you to the many first responders who rushed to the scene.
The American Red Cross said it was responding to the needs of people displaced by the fire through financial support and other services, including mental health resources for those affected and first responders.
“As this situation continues to develop, we are committed to the community of Nescopeck and will, in coordination with local and county officials, bring our support and programs to help those affected by this tragedy,” the American Red Cross Greater Pennsylvania Region told CNN in a statement.