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Fire tears through Spring Hill home; 2 children critical

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Seven people were rushed from their home and two children were airlifted to a hospital after a fire ripped through a residence in Pasco County.

It happened in Spring Hill at 18815 Old Shady Hills Road -- a fairly remote area just south of the Hernando-Pasco County line.  The view from SkyFOX showed smoke billowing into the air, stretching for miles.   

An official with Pasco Fire Rescue tells us that all seven people got out, though all but one suffered injuries. Their ages range from a 5-year-old boy to an 80-year-old man.

"They just need anybody's prayers and help right now if it's possible, because they lost everything," sobbed Melissa Sloop, soon to be a daughter-in-law of the family. "There is nothing left."

Two young boys, ages 5 and 6, were flown to Tampa General Hospital.

"It's a mother, a father, a grandmother, grandfather, and a great grandfather," Sloop said, choking back tears, "and two precious baby boys. Both have disabilities."

Fire officials said the boys were listed in critical condition. Investigators are gathering more information about the condition of the other five people, but they said the worst injuries were to the children.

FOX 13's Hetal Gandhi tweeted that several animals were also killed.

Investigators said the fire started around 6:40 a.m. Sloop said it started in the living room. She also said she previously lived at the location and there were electrical problems.

It's not known what sparked this fire but investigators have ruled out anything suspicious.

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