State lawmakers seek regulatory changes after deadly Pennsylvania day care fire

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ERIE, Pennsylvania (WTHR) - The tragic daycare fire that killed five children in Pennsylvania is prompting changes to prevent it from happening again.

State lawmakers are writing a new bill that would require daycare smoke detectors be checked during the annual inspection by the Department of Human Services.

Investigators say the two-story home daycare only had one smoke detector in the attic.

"We go to fires a lot and we have very few fatalities in this city and that's because there's smoke detectors. Smoke detectors save lives, as simple as that," said Chief Guy Santone, Erie Fire Department.

The medical examiner says all five children died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, including the 3 kids whose father was a firefighter.

The victims range in age from eight months old to eight years old.

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