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Victims of house fire laid to rest

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VIRGIE, Ky. -

The people of Virgie, Kentucky showed up by the hundreds to mourn death, but also to celebrate life.

Dakota, Tyler, Cheyenne and Emily Wilfong died on January 9th, when their home burnt down.

Investigators say a space heater is the likely cause for the fire, and there were no smoke detectors in the home on Elswick Branch Road in Pike County.

The children were buried in a lot just behind where their home was.

The funeral for their father, William, who also died in the fire, is scheduled for this week.

Kim Weddington, Dakota and Tyler's guidance counselor at Valley Elementary School, says the tragedy has brought the community closer together.

"We remember the boys in the hallway at school, laughing, playing with other students, so we have to look at it in a positive way," says Weddington, who helped with funeral plans and memorial events at school. "Whatever way we can turn it around, we have to do it, because that's what this is all about. Even though it's a tragedy, it's bonding."

Weddington uses the word, 'celebrate.'

Funeral moderator and family friend, Kermit Wright, uses 'rejoice.'

"I think it's our duty to go out, and be with them, to weep with them, to mourn with them. The bible also says to rejoice with them, when we can rejoice," says Wright, who, in the past, has presided over other funerals for the Wilfong family. "This is not a rejoicing time right now, but maybe something good will come out of it, and we can all rejoice about it."