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UPDATE:Hundreds Gathered for Funeral of Five Children Killed in Fire

Updated: 03/01/2014 5:20 PM
Created: 02/16/2014 1:21 PM KAALtv.com

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Several hundred community leaders, teachers, friends and family gathered for the funeral of five children killed in north Minneapolis duplex fire on Valentine's Day.

The Star Tribune reports http://strib.mn/1lrG2KT five small white caskets were lined up in the front of Shiloh Temple Church Saturday, as family and friends comforted father Troy Lewis.

Killed were 18-month-old Gwendolyn, 3-year-old Troy, 4-year-old Fannie, 6-year-old Mary and 8-year-old Christopher.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, school Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and Fire Chief John Fruetel attended as did several faith leaders, the children's teachers, friends and family from around the country.

Lewis and his two other daughters, 9-year-old Shaca and 5-year-old Electra survived. The two girls remain hospitalized but their father said Saturday they are improving.

Investigators still have not determined the fire's cause.

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FEBRUARY 16, 2014 (Sunday)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - From his hospital bed, a Minneapolis man who lost five of his seven children in a fire says all he can think of is how he wanted to save his babies.
 
Sixty-year-old Troy Lewis jumped from a second-story window after the fire broke out Friday morning. He says he ran back in to save his children and was confronted with the most painful decision a parent can face: deciding which children to save.
 
He rescued 9-year-old Shaca and tried to save 8-year-old Christopher, but his son was already dead. He assumed two other children who were in Christopher's room were also dead, so he grabbed 5-year-old Electra.
 
He tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "I wanted to get all of my babies."
 
Shaca and Electra remain in critical condition Sunday.

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