Victims ID’d in Pennsylvania house fire that killed 10 family members

The Pennsylvania home fire, which killed ten people from the same family, including three children, may have started on the porch of Nescopeck’s home, an official said.

A preliminary investigation suggested the fire broke out on the porch around 2:30 a.m. Friday, according to Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce.

“The information I have is that the fire started and progressed very quickly, making it very difficult to get out,” he said.

Shannon Daubert, 45, died in the fire.
Laura Daubert, 47, was also killed.
Laura Daubert, 47, was also killed.

The victims have been identified 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 names of the youngest victims, two boys ages 5 and 6 and a 7-year-old girl, were not officially released, but a GoFundMe identified the 6-year-old as Aiden Michael James Daubert.

Autopsies were scheduled for this weekend.

All 10 victims of the house fire were family members.
The three children were visiting their aunt and uncle who owned the house.

There were also 13 dogs in the two-story house. The fate of the animals was not clear.

Dale Baker, a 2021 graduate of Berwick Senior High School, was, like his parents, a volunteer firefighter for Nescopeck, about 50 miles southwest of Scranton.

Only three adults were able to escape the fire, which completely destroyed the house. A state police investigation into the cause is underway.

The tragedy was compounded when one of the volunteer firefighters who went to the blaze, Harold Baker, realized that the fire was in his relatives’ home and that his son and daughter and grandchildren, and other relatives, were inside.

The kids were visiting their aunt and uncle who owned the house, Baker said.

“All I wanted to do was go in and get to these people, my family. That’s all I thought about getting in on them,” Baker told The Associated Press.

With Post wires

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