BALTIMORE CITY, Maryland- WJZ reports that ten members of the same family were caught in a fire in their three story home in northeast Baltimore in the predawn hours of Thursday morning.
The bodies of all six children who were at first unaccounted for after the blaze have now been recovered from the rubble.
They include a 9-month-old boy, a 2-year-old boy, 3-year-old twin girls, a 10-year-old girl and an 11-year-old girl.
Four other family members are currently hospitalized, including the mother, Katie Malone, who is at Bayview Medical Center in critical condition. A 4-year-old boy and a 5-year-old boy are in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The condition of an 8-year-old little girl who helped get her brothers out the house has improved, and she may soon be released.
“I can’t imagine the pain of a mother or a father who has to suffer this kind of loss,” said Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh. “Any loss is painful, but the loss of children pains you more deeply.”
Neighbor Robert Spencer ran across the street to try to help, but the blaze blocked him from getting to the children trapped inside.
“The little kids, I heard them yell. I saw the mother come from the flames around there. I thought I was in a movie,” said Spencer.
The father of the children was at work at the time of the fire, which occurred in the 4200 block of Springwood Avenue.
Fire and smoke was seen coming from all three floors of the building when crews arrived on the scene, eventually causing the roof to collapse and for each of the floors to collapse down onto the lower floor. The collapse scenario was “horrendous,” according to officials on the scene.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family HERE.
We are extremely saddened by the loss of the 6 children killed in the 4205 Springwood Ave fire. Still no word on cause of the fire.
— Baltimore Fire (@BaltimoreFire) January 13, 2017