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Fundraiser started for babies killed in Big Lake house fire; arson suspected

Four children were inside the home during the blaze, which the father is suspected of starting.

An online fundraiser for two babies killed in a Big Lake house fire has been established to help the family recover. 

Landon and Spencer Parker, ages 2 and 1, respectively, died from injuries sustained in a fire on the 19000 block of Karen Lane in Big Lake on Friday morning. The Sherburne County Sheriff's Office suspects the father of the children intentionally set the house ablaze with Landon, Spencer, and two other children, still inside. 

The father, who died Saturday from injuries suffered in the fire, has been identified as 36-year-old Anthony Parker. 

"Landon loved to talk and read books. He played catch with family members. His favorite show to watch was Puppy Dog Pals," the GoFundMe says. "Spencer was a beautiful baby who smiled always! She was a spit-fire who let you know when she wanted something or was finished by squealing."

Family members have told WCCO that two other siblings, ages 9 and 7, remain in the hospital, and that Parker was not the biological father of the two older children. 

"These babies loved their family. We will miss them so much," the fundraiser adds. "If you can help out in anyway, every little bit helps. We love these two babies so much."

WCCO notes the mother of all four children works multiple jobs and is going to school, so paying down hospital bills and costs associated with funeral arrangements will be difficult. 

As of 7 a.m. Monday, the GoFundMe had generated $17,000 of a $50,000 goal. 

The State Fire Marshal is working to confirm the exact cause of the fire.

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