5 young children die in Pittsburgh fire, 2 injured; authorities searching for baby sitter

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Fire swept through a three-story home early Tuesday, killing five young children believed to have been under a baby-sitter's care at the time, authorities said.

The victims, ages 2 to 7, were all found on the second floor. Two other children were taken to hospitals; their conditions were not immediately released.

Flames were shooting from all three floors of the building in the city's East Liberty section when firefighters arrived around 1:20 a.m., officials said.

Police were looking for the baby sitter who apparently was supposed to have been watching the children, said Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard. Authorities said as many 12 people from two families may have been living in the home.

The blaze also spread to a nearby vacant building, officials said.