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Memorial service held for Greeley fire victims

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Manchester (KWWL) -- A community is greiving the sudden loss of four young children. Last Wednesday a fire near the town of Greeley destroyed the home, and tore apart a family. Fourteen-year-old Abigail Ziel; 8-year-old Tyler Hansen; seven-year-old Megan Hansen; and 3-year-old Haylee Hansen died.

Memorial services were held Wednesday at Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home. Hundreds of family members, friends, and classmates came to mourn the loss of four children who touched the lives of many.

"Kids come out of the funeral parlor yesterday. Six year olds and seven year olds crying because their friend's gone," family friend Kevin Dunlap said.

Those friends were: 14-year-old Abigail Ziel.

"Their daughter Abigail was my daughter's best friend," Dunlap said. "When she died, it's like one of my kids died too."

8 year-old Tyler Hansen.

"Tyler, he was like they said at the funeral, he was a boy's boy. Into everything, had fear of nothing," Dunlap said.

7 year-old Megan Hansen, described as the shy one -- she loved playing basketball.

And 3 year-old Haylee Hansen.

"Haylee, she was the cutest pumpkin in the world. She was the [fist] bump girl. Walking off, she'd want to bump."

At the memorial service, "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" played, the family's selection for their fun-loving kids. Kids that leave behind a community that's now come together to support the family of what friends call four new angels in the sky.

"The phone calls have been endless. The donations have been endless," Dunlap said.

Both families involved in the fire wanted to express gratitude for the outpouring of community support and donations. On Tuesday, a local car dealership gave a new van to the Hansen family for the small price of one dollar.

Donations are being accepted at the Eagles Club in Manchester, the Greeley Community Church, and any Dupaco Credit Union. Investigators are "leaning" toward an electrical cause of the fire, however, it's too early to tell.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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