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Two children die in Pasco County mobile home fire

ZEPHYRHILLS — Two children were killed in a fire in their mobile home Tuesday night.

Pasco sheriff's officials said a 10-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl died in the fire at the River Haven Mobile Home Park in the 4200 block of Loury Drive.

Fire crews were called to the park at about 6:40 p.m.

Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the children were brother and sister.

He also said both may have been disabled, though he declined to elaborate. Neighbors said the children had cerebral palsy and were in wheelchairs.

Investigators had not determined how the fire started. An investigation was ongoing late Tuesday night.

Sheriff's officials did not release the names of the children. They lived at the home with two other children, one of whom is a male twin to the 10-year-old who was killed. The other child is an 8-year-old boy.

Doll said the mother of all four children lives at the home with a man who is a father to the 8-year-old boy. Doll did not identify either adult.

Neighbors said the adults were outside of the home when the fire broke out. The adults — along with several neighbors — tried to get inside but could not.

The children's mother was burned on her head and arms. The other adult was yelling "my family is burning up, my family is burning up," said Ruth Fall, 79, a neighbor.

Her son, Mike Fall, 37, said he grabbed his chain saw and tore a hole in the side of the home, but could not save the children.

"It was too late," he said. "I couldn't get over to the kids. It's something I'll never get over. It was an intense fire. It was so toxic."

Doll said the children suffered injuries from smoke and flames.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at (727) 869-6229 or esullivan@sptimes.com.

Two children die in Pasco County mobile home fire 03/15/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 11:17pm]
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