HARRISBURG - Fire ripped through a row house here on Monday night, killing five people, including four young children, and spreading to other homes, authorities said.
Flames already had engulfed two white brick houses in uptown Harrisburg by the time fire crews arrived minutes after the alarm was sounded between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Fire Chief Robert Talloni said.
"There was a plume you could see for miles," he said.
Battalion Chief Daniel Hartman told The Patriot-News that when crews arrived, "People were yelling, 'The kids were inside!' "