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Trooper: Fire in rural Pa. farmhouse kills 7 kids

There are 25 comments on the Evening Sun story from Mar 9, 2011, titled Trooper: Fire in rural Pa. farmhouse kills 7 kids. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

A fire at a farmhouse killed seven children Tuesday while their mother was in a barn milking cows and their father was taking a nap in a milk delivery truck, a state trooper said.

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hanover resident

Westminster, MD

#1 Mar 9, 2011
I'm so sorry to hear about this, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I can't even imagine losing any of my children and everything in the home.
Take Note

Baltimore, MD

#4 Mar 9, 2011
Attention all builders and State Reps and Senators... This tragedy could be prevented from happening in newer construction IF the bill to keep residential sprinklers is kept and not removed from the builders code. All builders associated with the push to remove the requirement should be reading this article and rethinking their views. Not one child, let alone 7 children, are worth removing the sprinkler requirement in favor of a few extra dollars in your pocket or the homeowners. KEEP SPRINKLERS IN THE CODE!!!
ArmyBrat

Camp Hill, PA

#5 Mar 11, 2011
check this article out...you won't believe it!!

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/20...



questions

Shippensburg, PA

#6 Mar 11, 2011
I know this is going to sound harsh - and I feel so badly for this family - but why were all these kids left alone?? And with a space heater on at that!

According to the reports on T.V. and in the paper the dad left the 3 year old and the 2 year old watching T.V. when he left to go out on his milk truck route. Really!? That's awful.

And the 11 year old was upstairs asleep. At the very least the 11 year old could have been up and watching these kids.

No one is mentioning this, but I bet if the people involved had been black or hispanic the media would have been all over the possiblity of the need for child services to intervene for the remaining child.
answers

Shippensburg, PA

#7 Mar 11, 2011
Take Note wrote:
Attention all builders and State Reps and Senators... This tragedy could be prevented from happening in newer construction IF the bill to keep residential sprinklers is kept and not removed from the builders code. All builders associated with the push to remove the requirement should be reading this article and rethinking their views. Not one child, let alone 7 children, are worth removing the sprinkler requirement in favor of a few extra dollars in your pocket or the homeowners. KEEP SPRINKLERS IN THE CODE!!!
According to the building code sprinklers are not required in homes that are already existing. The home that burned would never have been required to get them.
ANSWERS

Alexandria, VA

#8 Mar 11, 2011
questions wrote:
I know this is going to sound harsh - and I feel so badly for this family - but why were all these kids left alone?? And with a space heater on at that!
According to the reports on T.V. and in the paper the dad left the 3 year old and the 2 year old watching T.V. when he left to go out on his milk truck route. Really!? That's awful.
And the 11 year old was upstairs asleep. At the very least the 11 year old could have been up and watching these kids.
No one is mentioning this, but I bet if the people involved had been black or hispanic the media would have been all over the possiblity of the need for child services to intervene for the remaining child.
That is about the dumbest thing anyone could say! Did you stay up all night rationalizing that thought?
Fire Marshal Bill

Gettysburg, PA

#9 Mar 11, 2011
Take Note wrote:
Attention all builders and State Reps and Senators... This tragedy could be prevented from happening in newer construction IF the bill to keep residential sprinklers is kept and not removed from the builders code. All builders associated with the push to remove the requirement should be reading this article and rethinking their views. Not one child, let alone 7 children, are worth removing the sprinkler requirement in favor of a few extra dollars in your pocket or the homeowners. KEEP SPRINKLERS IN THE CODE!!!
I agree completely. Sprinklers do save lives.
Fire Marshal Bill

Gettysburg, PA

#10 Mar 11, 2011
answers wrote:
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According to the building code sprinklers are not required in homes that are already existing. The home that burned would never have been required to get them.
You are correct. So what will the story be ten or twenty years from now about a house build this year? I will agree that these fires start most often in older homes that would not be required to be sprinkled by this code, but just think, sometime this home that is built this year will be 30, 30, 50 years old. Can you say that we will not be having the same problems then.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#11 Mar 11, 2011
questions wrote:
I know this is going to sound harsh - and I feel so badly for this family - but why were all these kids left alone?? And with a space heater on at that!

According to the reports on T.V. and in the paper the dad left the 3 year old and the 2 year old watching T.V. when he left to go out on his milk truck route. Really!? That's awful.

And the 11 year old was upstairs asleep. At the very least the 11 year old could have been up and watching these kids.

No one is mentioning this, but I bet if the people involved had been black or hispanic the media would have been all over the possiblity of the need for child services to intervene for the remaining child.
The mother ran outside to do something, assuming all would be fine. So sad.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#12 Mar 11, 2011
Will you all attend the funeral, westboro baptists plan to picket their funeral! Saying an angry god took their children as punishment! I can't imagine, and I can't be there, I hope word spreads and many show up to support this grieving family.
answers

Shippensburg, PA

#13 Mar 11, 2011
ANSWERS wrote:
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That is about the dumbest thing anyone could say! Did you stay up all night rationalizing that thought?
Oh really, have you ever left your 3 year old babysit and 2 year old? that's basically what happened there.
Thomas Paine

Lancaster, PA

#14 Mar 11, 2011
questions wrote:
I know this is going to sound harsh - and I feel so badly for this family - but why were all these kids left alone?? And with a space heater on at that!
According to the reports on T.V. and in the paper the dad left the 3 year old and the 2 year old watching T.V. when he left to go out on his milk truck route. Really!? That's awful.
And the 11 year old was upstairs asleep. At the very least the 11 year old could have been up and watching these kids.
No one is mentioning this, but I bet if the people involved had been black or hispanic the media would have been all over the spousel of the need for child services to intervene for the remaining child.
You have a very point. but because their mennonite no one will ask this question. Wait a minute, 8 kids, and she is carrying another one and she is in the barn at 10 o'clock and doing the milking, her husband should be arrested for spousal abuse.l
answers

Shippensburg, PA

#15 Mar 11, 2011
IHateHumanity wrote:
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The mother ran outside to do something, assuming all would be fine. So sad.
The mother was already outside at the barn doing the milking. She was no where near the house or the kids. The babies were babysitting themselves. And there was an space heater right beside them.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#16 Mar 11, 2011
answers wrote:
<quoted text>The mother was already outside at the barn doing the milking. She was no where near the house or the kids. The babies were babysitting themselves. And there was an space heater right beside them.
Again, she assumed. Poor judgement but no parent is perfect. The biggest failure was running for the husband, my first instinct would have been to get the kids. Either way it's a terrible shame.
scott

Biglerville, PA

#17 Mar 11, 2011
Fire Marshal Bill wrote:
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You are correct. So what will the story be ten or twenty years from now about a house build this year? I will agree that these fires start most often in older homes that would not be required to be sprinkled by this code, but just think, sometime this home that is built this year will be 30, 30, 50 years old. Can you say that we will not be having the same problems then.
You are nothing more than one more hoser pushing your will on others. Mind your own business.
Fire Marshal Bill

Gettysburg, PA

#18 Mar 11, 2011
scott wrote:
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You are nothing more than one more hoser pushing your will on others. Mind your own business.
Not my will, but to provide you with a safe environment to live in, and for my fellow firefighers when they respond to these new light construction homes.

But thank you for your concern.
answers

Shippensburg, PA

#19 Mar 11, 2011
IHateHumanity wrote:
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Again, she assumed. Poor judgement but no parent is perfect. The biggest failure was running for the husband, my first instinct would have been to get the kids. Either way it's a terrible shame.
She assumed what? Both parents were out of the house and apparently that was the norm. It is a terrible, terrible tragedy but the children should never have been left alone.
THINK about it

Carlisle, PA

#20 Mar 11, 2011
First off,,Fire Marshall Bill,,, U. R .A. DI%K!! period!!,, secondly, just because these people don't live the same way you people do,,don't criticize them as not being a good parent!! Did none of you ever grow up on a farm?? Don't you know everyone has a job to do?? You people sit behind your PC in a nice warm room & judge people that are out right now in the weather working,,,working to keep food on the table & shoes on the kids feet!! It's not easy work, I'll bet none of you,,no one has ever pulled a calf from a birthing mother that could'nt have it on her own!! You people make me sick with your judgemental attitudes,, If you've never been there you will never know!! Just keep on believing everything you read in these damn funny papers!! As far as sprinklers,,, That is nothing but a pipe dream for idiots like F.M.Bill !!
Fire Marshal Bill

Gettysburg, PA

#21 Mar 11, 2011
THINK about it wrote:
First off,,Fire Marshall Bill,,, U. R .A. DI%K!! period!!,, secondly, just because these people don't live the same way you people do,,don't criticize them as not being a good parent!! Did none of you ever grow up on a farm?? Don't you know everyone has a job to do?? You people sit behind your PC in a nice warm room & judge people that are out right now in the weather working,,,working to keep food on the table & shoes on the kids feet!! It's not easy work, I'll bet none of you,,no one has ever pulled a calf from a birthing mother that could'nt have it on her own!! You people make me sick with your judgemental attitudes,, If you've never been there you will never know!! Just keep on believing everything you read in these damn funny papers!! As far as sprinklers,,, That is nothing but a pipe dream for idiots like F.M.Bill !!
Back up there. I never said anything critical of the family or how they live. I have spent time on a farm and can understand how these things can happen, and am in great sympathy with the family. My statements had to do with residential sprinklers.

Maybe you should read the complete post.
Fire Marshal Bill

Gettysburg, PA

#22 Mar 11, 2011
THINK about it wrote:
First off,,Fire Marshall Bill,,, U. R .A. DI%K!! period!!,, secondly, just because these people don't live the same way you people do,,don't criticize them as not being a good parent!! Did none of you ever grow up on a farm?? Don't you know everyone has a job to do?? You people sit behind your PC in a nice warm room & judge people that are out right now in the weather working,,,working to keep food on the table & shoes on the kids feet!! It's not easy work, I'll bet none of you,,no one has ever pulled a calf from a birthing mother that could'nt have it on her own!! You people make me sick with your judgemental attitudes,, If you've never been there you will never know!! Just keep on believing everything you read in these damn funny papers!! As far as sprinklers,,, That is nothing but a pipe dream for idiots like F.M.Bill !!
Read post # 2, Post # 7, Post # 9 Post # 10, Post #17 and Post # 18. These are post relating to the same topic and refer to each other. Where in any of those four posts was anything derogatory said about the family or their way of life?

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