Firefighters and family members are among those gathering for the funeral services for five children killed in a fire at their Ohio home.

Saturday services for the children who ranged in age from 1 to 9 were preceded by a two-hour visitation at New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown. The Vindicator of Youngstown reports the church lobby was decorated with some of the stuffed animals left at the home to honor the children.

The newspaper reports the children’s injured mother, 26-year-old America (Amy) Negron Acevedo, wept at the casket of the oldest child. The caskets of the three oldest children killed in the Dec. 9 blaze were open, while that of the 1-year-old twins was closed.

City firefighters also attended Saturday. Fire officials’ investigation into the fire’s cause continues.

Family members react as Courtney Angelo, a fourth grade teacher who taught some of the children who were killed, speaks during a prayer vigil for the five children killed Dec. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
Family members react as Courtney Angelo, a fourth grade teacher who taught some of the children who were killed, speaks during a prayer vigil for the five children killed Dec. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
Chandriel Strong, 29, breaks down while paying respects at a deadly fire scene Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Youngstown, Ohio. (Lake Fong/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)
Chandriel Strong, 29, breaks down while paying respects at a deadly fire scene Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, in Youngstown, Ohio. (Lake Fong/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Source: The Associated Press

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