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Farmhouse Fire Kills Seven Children in Pennsylvania

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(BLAINE, Pa.) -- Seven children were killed Tuesday night after a fire broke out at a farmhouse in Pennsylvania.

According to officials, the blaze started around 11:00 p.m. at a two-story farmhouse in Blain, just north of Harrisburg.  State Trooper Tom Pinkerton said the childrens' mother was in the barn milking cows when another child alerted her to the fire.  The mother then ran to the home of a neighbor, who called 911, before running to get the childrens' father, who was taking a nap in his milk delivery truck a short distance away.

"Once the father was alerted, he immediately rushed back to the house," Pinkerton said.  "At that time, the fire department was already on scene.  The residence was fully engulfed."

Six girls and one boy, ranging in age from seven months to 11 years old, died in the fire, according to police.  The three-year-old girl who told her mother about the fire survived.

According to the county coroner, the children died from smoke inhalation.

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