A firefighter fears that as many as 10 of his relatives have died in a fire in a Pennsylvania home.
The fire at the single-family home in the town of Nescopeck was reported at around 2:30 am on Friday, after what neighbors described as a massive explosion.
Three victims have been found so far and authorities say around seven people remain missing.
Harold Baker told Citizens’ Voice newspaper that 10 victims of his family should eventually be found: his son, daughter, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, three grandchildren and two other relatives.
He said 14 people lived in the house, with one delivering newspapers at the time.
The initial call to emergency services was to a nearby property, but Mr. Baker realized it was his family’s residence when the fire engine approached.
“When we turned the corner here on Dewey (Street), I knew right away what the house was just by looking down the street,” he told Citizens’ Voice.
“I was on the first engine and when we stopped, the whole place was completely involved. We tried to get inside.”
Mr. Baker was relieved of his duties due to his relationship with the victims.
Neighbors reported seeing the flames-consumed porch after hearing the sound of the explosion.
Some said they also heard a young man scream in front of the house: “They are all dead.”
A criminal investigation is underway, police said, with officers interviewing survivors.