A husband and wife were among those killed in a fire in southern Minnesota that devastated their rural community and left their two young daughters in mourning.
The Amish are an offshoot of the American Christian denomination, which dates back to the 17th century.
They are largely isolated from society, with little contact with the rest of the world.
The fire that ravaged the rural community of Amishville on Saturday began when a propane tank exploded, burning down a large section of a barn, according to officials.
The blaze has charred the home for more than two weeks and destroyed at least three structures.
The family of the deceased are relatives of the Amish community in nearby Waukesha County, Wisconsin.
Their daughter, who is a senior at the nearby Wabasha School of Engineering, was one of five Amish children who attended Waukeha’s high school.
The youngest of the five is a junior at Wisconsin’s Wabash College of Engineering.
Her husband, a retired farmer who lives in Wisconsin, was a firefighter and a member of the local Amish church.
The couple was among the first to arrive at the scene of the blaze.
The family said in a statement that they were devastated by the loss of their “beautiful, loving and generous daughter.”
“The family is in shock and deeply saddened by this tragedy,” the statement said.
“We ask that you respect the privacy of the family as we grieve for the children and the community they loved.”
The family said they had recently moved into a new home, but their oldest daughter, a sophomore at Wauksha College, was not with them.
She was a member and member of a youth group and was preparing to leave for the next year, the family said.
The church and the Amash community are the oldest of several Amish communities in the state.
Many of the original Amish have been converted to Christianity.
The county is home to more than 2,000 Amish and Wabasas who say they are the original settlers in the region.