Mourners arrive for funeral of 5 children killed in fire

Mourners arrive for funeral of 5 children killed in fire
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) — 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.