Local child care expert 'horrified' over Pennsylvania day care blaze

August 12, 2019 11:52 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - It's a tragedy you hope to never have happen.

Five children were killed after an at-home day care in Erie, Pennsylvania, was ravaged Sunday by a fire. 


The CEO of Rochester's Child Care Council, Barbara-Ann Mattle, says she could not believe what she saw.

"It's horrifying." Mattle said.

According to reports, the home in Erie only had one working smoke detector. The information stunned Luther Jones, a father who lost three of his kids in the fire.

"If they would have heard the smoke detectors, everybody would have been out of the house, and my kids would still be here today," Jones said.

While she could not speak to safety standards in Pennsylvania, Mattle says when you drop off your kids at any day care in New York, they are in good hands.

She says the CCC, and other organizations follow "strict" guidelines set by the state's fire and building codes.


Andrew Hyman

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