STRATHMORE, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Two children are dead after a house fire in Tulare County, according to fire officials.

Officials say the girls who died were sisters, ages seven and nine-years-old.

The Tulare County Fire Department says the fire started around 4:15 a.m. at a home near Guthrie Dr. and Bruce Dr. in Strathmore.

Firefighters say a family of seven was inside the home when the fire started.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they said they saw the parents and two kids outside the home.

Five people were taken to the hospital, the parents and three children. Officials say the parents and two of the children, the five-year-old and the 11-year-old, are in critical condition.

The 13-year-old boy was uninjured, but taken to the hospital for evaluation.

This is an ongoing investigation, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

A GoFundMe has been set up by a niece of the family for support.