Pa. family mourns 7 farm fire victims at funeral

AP News
Posted: Mar 15, 2011 2:07 PM
Pa. family mourns 7 farm fire victims at funeral

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.