2 children in deadly Big Lake house fire released from hospital

April 15, 2019 10:37 PM

A family member says the two surviving children in a Big Lake house fire are out of hospital.

Investigators believe Anthony Parker intentionally set fire to his family's home on Karen Lane early Friday morning.


Parker died in the hospital, and so did 2-year-old Landon and 1-year-old Spencer.

The family tells me the first couple days were a blur, and everybody is still in shock. They're very thankful that the 9- and 7-year-olds are out of the hospital, but realize life will never be the same. 

"Right now, it's disbelief," said Jim Tully, the mother's uncle.

Related: Father dies from injuries in Big Lake house fire

Months after Landon and Spencer were baptized, the family is now planning their funerals.

"They were there and gone, and that doesn't seem like that's even possible," Tully said. "This isn't something you get over, it's something you get through. We'll come to those questions when it's time to come to them."

A GoFundMe says Landon enjoyed talking, reading books, and playing catch. His favorite show was Puppy Dog Pals. His sister, Spencer, loved to smile.

"Who knows what they could have been, we know what they were to us, but we don't know what they could have been to others," Tully said.

Related: Sheriff's office: 2 children dead after Big Lake house fire, father suspected of starting fire

Jim Tully says his niece Jessica and Anthony were recently married, but Jessica wasn't home during the fire. He says she's working two jobs and going to school, and Tully says she has to stay strong for her kids.

"Her life was really coming together and it's torn apart," Tully said. "You take blessings where you can get them and they are definitely two blessings."

In the last few days, the community has really chipped in. The kids' teachers stopped by the hospital. Plus, the family also received furniture and clothing donations, along with more than $20,000 through GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses.

If you'd like to help, the family set up an account at the Klein Bank in Big Lake or you can visit the family's GoFundMe

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