Not Enough Smoke Detectors In Home Day Care Fire That Killed 5 Children

A spokeswoman for Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services (DHS) says it does not regulate smoke detectors in state-licensed home day care facilities. A blaze ripped through a home day care center Sunday morning in Erie, killing five children. The youngest was 8 months old. Erie’s fire chief said there weren’t enough working smoke detectors at the Harris Family Daycare. State Senator Daniel Laughlin said he plans to introduce a bill that would require the DHS to include inspection of all smoke detectors in their annual inspection of child day care facilities.