Pa. family prepares to bury 7 victims of farm fire
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
ELLIOTTSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The family of seven children killed in a fire that ripped through their south-central Pennsylvania farmhouse is preparing for their joint funeral.
The Clouse siblings ranged in age from 9 months to 11 years. Their funeral is planned for Tuesday at the Perry Mennonite Reception Center in Elliottsburg, about 30 miles northwest of Harrisburg.
Their burials will follow at the Living Christ Cemetery in Loysville, near the family’s home.
The children’s father, Ted Clouse, was on a milk delivery run when the fire erupted last week. Their mother, Janelle Clouse, was milking cows in a barn. One sibling, a 3-year-old girl, ran to alert her mother and was unharmed.
The father says neighbors and friends are helping to tear down the gutted farmhouse so a new one can be built.