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Funeral service held for family who died in fire

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A funeral service was held Tuesday for a family of six who died as the result of a house fire in Lancaster earlier this month.

Family and friends gathered at the Millersville Mennonite Church to remember the lives of David and Crystal Kuhns and their children; 8-year-old Skyler, 6-year-old Shawn, 4-year-old Mickie and 2-year-old Cordail.

One speaker urged funeral-goers to treat everyone like family and to stay in touch with old friends, while a young relative of the Kuhns' envisaged the children as playing in streets of gold.

"They were so close and the kids were very tight-knit. You wouldn't see one without the other three," family member Nicole Ganter said.

The Kuhns had lost their own home and was staying with a family friend, 64-year-old Jimmie Moore, when the four-alarm fire started in the early hours of July 4 in Moore's house at 115 E. Clay Street.

Moore managed to get out safely, but then ran back inside the burning home in hopes of saving others. He was laid to rest following a funeral service Saturday

"I wont be able to pick up the phone and call him anymore. I wont be able to stop by the house. I don't have any of that anymore," Moore's son, Jimmie Brock, said.

The fire has been blamed on a cooking accident, and officials have said the home did not have working smoke detectors.

Aware of the financial condition of the Kuhns family, funeral director Andrew Scheid covered all costs. He said the planning took an emotional toll.

"Suddenly, you realize that you have a whole entire family; files for not one, two, three, four, five, but six individuals," he said.

All those who attended the service have lost something that is irreplaceable, and in that void the members of all families affected gained something unexpected.

"We are all connected now for the rest of our lives we are going to have this and always going to know that something bad happened," Brock said. "We also know that we have these seven angels above us."

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