5 injured in Pasco fire, 7 dogs killed - WRBL

5 injured in Pasco fire, 7 dogs killed

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Pasco Fire Rescue crews responded to the blaze at 18815 Old Shady Hills Road around 7 a.m Pasco Fire Rescue crews responded to the blaze at 18815 Old Shady Hills Road around 7 a.m
PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Three adults and two children were transported to Tampa General Hospital Friday morning after a fire broke out at a Spring Hill mobile home. A Pasco fire spokesperson also says seven dogs were killed in the blaze.

Pasco Fire Rescue crews responded to the blaze at 18815 Old Shady Hills Road at 6:39 a.m., according to a PCFR report.

Seven people were in the double-wide mobile home when the fire broke out, according to PCFR. Two children, ages 5 and 6, were airlifted to Tampa General hospital.  Three adults were transported to TGH. Two other occupants of the home did not go to the hospital. Fire officials say a female patient had minor burns, but refused to be transported.

The home's occupants included an 80-year-old man, a 63-year-old man, a 61-year-old woman,  a 42-year-old woman, a 35-year-old man, a 6-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy.

The mother's account of the life-changing moments after the fire took over is chilling.

“Please hurry, everything is inside there including my dogs,” the woman screamed to the dispatcher on the 9-1-1 call. By the time she made the call, all her family was making it out the door.

"My dogs are going to die!” she screamed.

“Please hurry!” the caller screamed again. “Everything I own is in this house.”

Jamie Smiley says he rushed to the home where his mother lived after hearing about a fire. He said the double-wide mobile home was completely engulfed in flames when he arrived. He says he found his mother in the back of an ambulance being prepared for transport to Tampa General Hospital.

Several animals were also in the home when the fire broke out - two cats, two pomeranians, two chihuahuas, one lhasa apso and one husky, according to a Pasco Co. Government spokesperson. Seven of the eight animals died in the fire.

Pasco County Animal Control officers transported a rat terrier dog to St. Francis vet clinic for treatment of third-degree burns.

“They just need prayers right now if it's possible because they lost everything- there's nothing left,” Melissa Soop, whose family lived at the home, said.

Firefighters from Pasco and Hernando counties arrived within six minutes of the call to find lost time was not their only challenge.

“The owners had a very heavy fire load in the house. The owners had many, many possessions in the house that made it extremely difficult with our firefighting to try and extinguish the fire,” Fossa said.

A close-knit family of seven lived inside but even more stay just down the road.

Jamie Smiley says he put his mom there so she could to be closer to him, and while he's very thankful she made it out he can't help but be saddened by what didn't.

“Memories, years of memories,” Smiley said. “I'm 38-years-old and everything from childhood was in there,” he added.

A total of 13 units from PCFR responded to the fire. Hernando County Fire firefighters assisted.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

It’s unclear whether there were any smoke detectors inside the home.

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