Funeral services set for 5 children killed in fire at home

December 20, 2018
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Journee Thomas, 8, of Youngstown, with Jabari Rushton, 13, of Youngstown, Ohio, holds a candle before the beginning of a prayer vigil for the five children killed on Dec. 9 in a house fire, at Christ Centered Church, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Youngstown, Ohio. Authorities say the five children who died in Youngstown ranged in age from 1 to 9. (Alexandra Wimley/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Funeral services have been scheduled for five children killed in a fire at their Ohio home.

Services for the children who ranged in age from 1 to 9 will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown.

Penny Wells, director of Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past, says a two-hour visitation will precede the services at the church Saturday. Wells is among community members helping raise funds to cover the children’s funeral arrangements.

She says around $30,000 had been raised as of Thursday.

Fire officials’ investigation into what caused the Dec. 9 blaze is continuing. Authorities have said there’s no sign the fire was suspicious.

Fire Capt. Kurt Wright confirmed the children’s injured mother, 26-year-old America (Amy) Negron Acevedo, has been released from a hospital.