Six chil­dren die in Bal­ti­more house fire

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

BAL­TI­MORE — Six chil­dren were killed in a house fire in north­east Bal­ti­more early Thurs­day, while their mother and three of her other chil­dren were able to es­cape the blaze but were in­jured, a fire of­fi­cial said.

All six bod­ies have been re­cov­ered from the home and every­one has been ac­counted for, Fire De­part­ment spokesman Chief Ro­man Clark. Ear­lier Thurs­day, Clark said the dead were two boys, ages 9 months and 2 years; 3-year-old twin girls; and two girls, ages 10 and 11.

Clark said in­ves­ti­ga­tors at the scene had been await­ing re­cov­ery of the last body be­fore they be­gin search­ing for clues about the fire’s cause. Fire­fight­ers en­coun­tered heavy flames com­ing from all three floors of the home when they an­swered the call about 12:30 a.m. Thurs­day, and they at­tacked the blaze from out­side, Clark said.

The chil­dren’s mother and two boys, ages 4 and 5, are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion at a hos­pi­tal. Clark said an 8-year-old girl who helped res­cue her younger broth­ers was in “good shape.”

Wil­liam Malone said all nine are his chil­dren with Katie Malone, a staff mem­ber for U.S. Rep. Eli­jah Cum­mings’ dis­trict of­fice.

AP/BRIAN WITTE

Fire­fight­ers ex­am­ine the de­bris of a Bal­ti­more home de­stroyed in a fire early Thurs­day.

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