Five Children Lost Their Lives In a Fire... Where Was The Babysitter?

@kelly60 (4548)
United States
June 12, 2007 5:18pm CST
I was watching the news a few minutes ago when a story came on that was just horrible. According to the news, five young children lost their lives in a house fire in Pittsburg, PA. Two other children escaped the burning building. The two eight year olds came running out of the house and got a neighbor to call 911, but the other 5 children, ages 2-7 never made it out alive. They are still looking for the babysitter who was supposed to be staying with these seven young children. This story hit close to home for me, as I have lost two of my own children to a house fire. My smoke alarm did not go off. I woke up too late to save my babies, but at least I was there and tried everything I could do to get to them. It is hard to imagine that this babysitter could just leave seven children unattended, costing them their lives. Please everyone reading this, take note and test your smoke alarms regularly. If you do not have adequate alarms, buy more and install them. They are inexpensive, and may save your lives or the lives of your loved ones. Also, make sure that they have fresh batteries. Keep a fire extinguisher handy, and know how to use it. Make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire. Be sure to have a fire escape plan. This is especially important for children, even the younger ones. I will never know if my two little ones might still be alive today if they had only known that it was ok to go out the upstairs window. I never thought to teach them to go out the window onto the roof below, but I could have gotten to them from there. All I know is that I wish I had taught them what to do, but you just do not expect these things to happen to you.
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• United States
12 Jun 07
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I can't believe how cruel it is for the babysitter to leave those kids. Did it say how the fire started??
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
12 Jun 07
They haven't determined the cause of the fire yet. All they really said was that the smoke alarm wasn't working and that arson hadn't been ruled out.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I heard this on the radio while we were traveling today. Something that really caught my attention though was the fact that the police only has the "nickname" of the babysitter. I may not know all the details but it seems odd to me that nobody knows the babysitters realy name. Does that not seem odd to anyone else. I would never let just anyone take care of my kids.
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
12 Jun 07
From what I understand, they had not talked to the parents or the babysitter yet. The grandfather was on the news, but they did not mention where the parents were, just that the babysitter was supposed to be staying with the children. They did not mention on the news here that they did not know the name of the babysitter. I would never let someone I did not know take care of my kids either.
@eden32 (3976)
• United States
12 Jun 07
I'm very sorry for your loss. Is it possible the babysitter was also trapped in the fire? I haven't read this story yet. Perhaps they haven't cleared all the rubble yet?
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@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
12 Jun 07
The way they put it on the news, the babysitter was nowhere around. They said that the "police have some questions for the babysitter and for the parents."
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
13 Jun 07
Dear I am so sorry to hear about your children that must be horrible for you and then to see something like this. It is not only a reminder as you said for plans and alarms working but also to be aware of who you are leaving your children with - that was one of the most difficult things for me when my children were young.
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