The adult victims have been named as Dale Backer, 19, Star Baker, 22, David Daubert Senior, 79, Shannon Daubert, 44, Laura Daubert, 48 and Marian Slusser, 54. The other unnamed victims are two boys ages 5 and 6 and a girl aged 7
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At least 10 people have died after a fire tore through a home in Pennsylvania on Thursday night where fourteen people were living. 

Crews were called to the home in the early hours of the morning in the township of Nescopeck, Luzerne County, 50 miles south west of Scranton. Four people made it out alive but ten – including children – are feared dead. 

It’s unclear what started the blaze, but Pennsylvania State Police said they had launched a ‘complex criminal investigation’. 

The fire broke out at 2:42 am during a family gathering, police said. The cause of the fire remains a mystery. 

Among firefighters who were battling the blaze is the grandfather of some of the victims. He has been named as Harold Baker of the Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company. 

‘I couldn’t get in there to save them. That is the biggest thing that has been on me… I couldn’t get in there to save them. 

The adult victims have been named as Dale Backer, 19, Star Baker, 22, David Daubert Senior, 79, Shannon Daubert, 44, Laura Daubert, 48 and Marian Slusser, 54. The other victims are two boys, Aiden and Bradley, under the age of 7, and a girl, Ariana, 7.

Harold Baker told local media: ‘The address that they gave us was the neighbor’s address. It was right next door to them. … When we turned the corner up here on Dewey (Street) I knew right away what house it was just by looking down the street. 

He continued: ‘I was on the first engine, and when we pulled up the whole place was fully involved. We tried to get into them. There wasn’t no way we could get into them.’ 

 ‘We pulled up and the whole place was fully involved… we tried to get into them but there was no way. 

‘I lost my son, my daughter, grandson, two other grandkids in there, my father-in-law, my brother-in-law, and my sister-in-law. All lost.’

In addition, Baker said that there 13 dogs in the home. All of the family members did not live in the home, some were visiting. He said: ‘The kids that were there and my two kids were just visiting their aunt and uncle. Those were the ones who own the house. They were there visiting and going into the pool and all that.’

The adult victims have been named as Dale Backer, 19, Star Baker, 22, David Daubert Senior, 79, Shannon Daubert, 44, Laura Daubert, 48 and Marian Slusser, 54. The other unnamed victims are two boys ages 5 and 6 and a girl aged 7

The adult victims have been named as Dale Backer, 19, Star Baker, 22, David Daubert Senior, 79, Shannon Daubert, 44, Laura Daubert, 48 and Marian Slusser, 54. The other unnamed victims are two boys ages 5 and 6 and a girl aged 7

The scene of the deadly fire in Pennsylvania where ten people died in an overnight fire

The scene of the deadly fire in Pennsylvania where ten people died in an overnight fire

Two of the minor victims who were killed in the fire in Nescopeck in the early hours of August 5

Firefighter Harold Baker said: 'I lost my son, my daughter, grandson, two other grandkids in there, my father-in-law, my brother-in-law, and my sister-in-law. All lost'

Two of the minor victims who were killed in the fire in Nescopeck in the early hours of August 5

Shannon Dietterick Daubert, 44, pictured on her Facebook page. She celebrated her wedding anniversary with David Daubert Jr. less than a week before her death

Shannon Dietterick Daubert, 44, pictured on her Facebook page. She celebrated her wedding anniversary with David Daubert Jr. less than a week before her death

Dale Baker, 19, is the youngest of the adult victims

Dale Baker, 19, is the youngest of the adult victims

Star Baker, pictured here with her fiancé Matthew Burger, was 22 years old

 Star Baker, pictured here with her fiancé Matthew Burger, was 22 years old

Victim Laurann Daubert pictured on her Facebook page

Victim Laurann Daubert pictured on her Facebook page

Victim Marian Slusser pictured on her Facebook page

Victim Marian Slusser pictured on her Facebook page

Volunteer firefighter said: 'I was on the first engine, and when we pulled up the whole place was fully involved. We tried to get into them. There wasn't no way we could get into them'

Volunteer firefighter said: ‘I was on the first engine, and when we pulled up the whole place was fully involved. We tried to get into them. There wasn’t no way we could get into them’

The victims all ranged in age from 6 years old to 70, according to local police. The cause of the fire remains unclear

The victims all ranged in age from 6 years old to 70, according to local police. The cause of the fire remains unclear

Neighbors say they woke up to a ‘pop’ in the early hours of Friday morning.  

‘I woke up this morning, and I was downstairs watching TV, and I heard a pop. I looked outside and on the front porch. It just started, and it was already almost fully involved,’ said Mike Swank, who lives across the street. 

‘There was a gentleman out here running around the street. He was yelling- really upset, saying not everyone made it out. Animals. I mean, there was a lot of people living in there.’

Both of Dale Baker’s parents are members of the fire service, and the family was ‘always willing to help lend a hand to anyone in need,’ Knorr said. Dale’s mother was not among the dead listed by Harold Baker. 

The family’s next door neighbor told the Scranton Times-Tribune: ‘It blew the whole front out. There was no front of the house, only three sides.’ 

While state trooper Lt. Derek Felsman told the newspaper: ‘Three deceased have been removed, and we expect multiple more deceased individuals to be respectfully removed from the residence upon their identification.’

He added: ‘It’s a complex criminal investigation with multiple fatalities.’ Speaking to CNN, Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said: ‘Should the fire marshals determine the cause to be intentional and incendiary, we would begin a criminal investigation for arson.’

Family friend Thomas Crane told the Times-Tribune: ‘It’s hard because a lot of them were children. How do you explain to a 2-year-old that their brother is dead?’

The daughter of the town’s mayor has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the victims.  

The daughter of the town's mayor has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the victims.

The daughter of the town’s mayor has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the victims.

The ongoing recovery scene at the house in Nescopeck where at least ten people died in an overnight fire on Thursday

The ongoing recovery scene at the house in Nescopeck where at least ten people died in an overnight fire on Thursday 

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