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Donations pour in for family of 5 kids killed in Ohio fire

December 16, 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) — A report says thousands of dollars in donations have poured in for family members following the deaths of five children killed in a fire at their Ohio home.

Authorities say the five children who died Dec. 9 in Youngstown ranged in age from 1 to 9.

Penny Wells is director of Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past. She tells The Vindicator that nearly $10,000 had been raised Friday to cover the children’s funeral arrangements, which have yet to be announced.

The paper says donors in a separate fundraising effort have given almost $10,000 to the family’s $20,000 GoFundMe goal.

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

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Information from: The Vindicator, http://www.vindy.com

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