PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Fire engulfed a farmhouse in Pennsylvania, killing seven children while their mother milked cows in a nearby barn and their father was out driving a milk delivery truck, police said on Wednesday.
One child survived the blaze at the two-story home in Blain, a Mennonite community in Southwest Township, Perry County, according to Pennsylvania State Police Lieutenant Myra Taylor.
The father left the house shortly before the fire began for his job as a milk delivery truck driver.
The mother was alerted to the fire by the couple's 3-year-old daughter, who ran to the barn a few hundred feet from the house. Police said the mother tried to enter the house unsuccessfully before calling 911 from a neighbor's house.
Firefighters extinguished the blaze and entered the house, where they found the bodies of the seven children, including six girls -- from 7 months to 11 years old -- and a 7-year-old boy. The Perry County coroner said their deaths were caused by smoke inhalation.
State police fire marshals were investigating the cause of the fire, Taylor said in a statement.
Police did not disclose the names of the family members.
(Reporting by Daniel Lovering; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)