Funeral scheduled Tuesday for 7 Pa. fire victims

Neighbors string caution tape around the fire-ravaged farmhouse of Theodore and Janelle Clouse on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Loysville, Pa. Seven Clouse children including a 7-month-old infant perished in a fast-moving fire on Tuesday night, while their mother milked cows and their father dozed in a milk truck down the road. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

March 11, 2011 9:56:01 AM PST
The funeral for the seven children who were killed in a fast-moving fire at a Pennsylvania farmhouse is scheduled for Tuesday.

Funeral director James Nickel said Friday the service for the children of Theodore and Janelle Clouse will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Perry Mennonite Reception Center in Elliottsburg. The Rev. Adam Williams will officiate.

Nickels said there will be closed-casket visitation at the reception center from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Burial will be at the Church of the Living Christ cemetery in Loysville, near where the family lives.

Authorities have said the seven children all died of smoke inhalation. The fire's cause remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, work is under way on a new farmhouse to replace the one destroyed.

Ted Clouse said Friday that neighbors who have a construction business are building a two-story house on his central Pennsylvania dairy farm to replace the one that burned late Tuesday night near Loysville.

Clouse said he's been impressed by the outpouring of support and offers to help in the aftermath of the fire. He said it takes away some of the pain.

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