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Six children of assistant to S.C. Congressman Elijah Cummings tragically killed in Baltimore house fire

January 12, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Six children of assistant to S.C. Congressman Elijah Cummings tragically killed in Baltimore house fire A woman who also escaped the house which was engulfed by flames after midnight on Thursday is evacuated from the scene by firefighters

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Baltimore fire officials say six children are presumed dead, while their mother, who works as an assistant for South Carolina congressman Elijah Cummings along with three siblings were injured during an early morning fire that consumed a home in the northeastern part of the city on Thursday.

Firefighters found heavy flames coming from all three floors of the home when they answered the call about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, and attacked the blaze from outside, fire department spokesman Chief Roman Clark said.

“The building was fully engulfed when they arrived on the scene,” he said by telephone.

A woman and three children escaped the home, Clark said. He said the nine children from one family range in age from 8 months to 11 years old.

Firefighters found heavy flames coming from all three floors of the home when they answered the call about 12:30 am Thursday 

The fire turned the home of Katie Malone into a burned-out shell and emergency services fear that up to six children perished in the blaze

The woman and two of the children are in critical condition and the third child is in serious condition, Clark said.

Clark said that one body has been found so far.

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

William Malone told The Associated Press that he was not home at the time of the fire because he was at work for a restaurant.

Two children injured by a fire that destroyed a house in northeast Baltimore after midnight on Thursday are wheeled out on a gurney by Baltimore firefighters after midnight on Thursday

A woman who also escaped the house which was engulfed by flames after midnight on Thursday is evacuated from the scene by firefighters

He said one of the three children taken to the hospital after the blaze has since been released.

“I’m still in shock to be honest,” said Malone, who was reached by phone at a relative’s home. He said he does not know what may have caused the fire.

Cummings said Katie Malone has worked as a special assistant in his Catonsville office for nearly 11 years.

“My staff is a family and this unimaginable tragedy is shocking and heartbreaking to us all. I again ask for your prayers,” Cummings said in a statement.

Rep Elijah Cummings said the fire involved Katie Malone pictured here with Cummings, who has worked as his special assistant in his Catonsville office for nearly 11 years

Michael Johnson, 55, who lives a block away and can see the house from his home, described it as a complete inferno.

“Fire was coming out of every window, and as they sprayed it, it seemed like the fire was fighting back or something. It just kept coming and coming and coming. The Flames actually shot of the sides of the house. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life,” Johnson said.

Johnson, who didn’t know the family, added that he was praying for the people inside.

“It was just so intense,” he said. “I didn’t think anyone would be able to survive it at all.”

Johnson said he saw a woman come out of the house screaming.

WJZ-TV showed two small children sitting up as they were wheeled away on a stretcher and a woman on a stretcher with an oxygen mask over her face.

Images from the scene show firefighters dousing the charred shell of the first two stories of the home between two other large three story single-family homes.

The third floor collapsed and the second floor partially collapsed, Clark said.

William Malone (seen left with his wife, Katie), 36, said that he was not home at the time of the fire because he was working at a restaurant

Another neighbor who lives across the street said the haunting screams of the children who were trapped inside the home by the flames gave him nightmares.

Fire officials said the exact cause of the tragic blaze is under investigation.

Crews had to wait for heavy-duty equipment that would allow them to remove debris from the dwelling, he said.

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