ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Authorities have identified a 68-year-old man and his two young grandsons who died in a northwestern Pennsylvania house fire over the weekend.
Police in Erie County told the Erie Times-News that the victims were John Amacher, 4-year-old Jacob Waldinger and 3-year-old Aidan Waldinger.
Deputy Coroner Korac Timon said all three appeared to have died as a result of the fire, but toxicology and other tests would be done to confirm the cause of death.
The blaze was reported at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in Harborcreek Township. Jim Hawryliw, chief of the Fairfield Hose Company, said the multistory house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. They entered and found the bodies of the man and two boys, he said.
“It really gets you,” Hawryliw said. “Nobody wants to see anybody die, but when it’s a child, it’s 100 percent worse.”
Neighbor Brenda Johnson said a woman and baby also lived there but didn’t appear to have been home at the time. Johnson’s son, Pedro Reyes, said they saw the family that lived next door in passing.
“They were nice people,” Reyes said.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.