Pa. family mourns 7 farm fire victims at funeral

A neighbor stands near the fire ravaged farmhouse of Theodore and Janelle Clouse Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Loysville Pa. Seven Clouse children including a 7-month-old infant, perished in a fast-moving fire at the home early Wednesday morning, March 9, 2011, while their mother milked cows and their father dozed in a milk truck down the road. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

March 15, 2011 11:28:03 AM PDT
Seven siblings killed in a fire at a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse last week are being laid to rest.

The funeral Tuesday for the Clouse children was held at a packed church facility in Elliottsburg, about 30 miles northwest of Harrisburg. The victims ranged from 9 months to 11 years old.

WGAL-TV reports that a slideshow was played to mourners at the Perry Mennonite Reception Center. The station says three hearses drove the seven white caskets for burial at a cemetery in Loysville.

The children's father, Ted Clouse, was on a milk-delivery run when the fire erupted. Their mother, Janelle Clouse, was milking cows in a barn. One sibling, a 3-year-old girl, was unharmed.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg says neither parent spoke at the funeral.

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