Six children who were unaccounted for after an early morning house fire in Baltimore are presumed dead, officials said Thursday, as the children's mother and three other siblings were taken to a hospital for treatment.
The fire started just after 12:30 a.m. on Springwood Avenue, off Bel Air Road. He says one body has been found at the home.
Baltimore City firefighters remain on the scene early on January 12 after a fire on Springwood Avenue in northeast Baltimore.
As soon as we get new information about the cause of the fire we will let you know about it.
The office of U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D, Maryland) identified the woman as a staffer who has worked for Cummings for almost 11 years as a special assistant in the congressman's Catonsville office. She works on immigration, postal services, and the military, including Service Academy nominations issues. My staff is a family and this unimaginable tragedy is shocking and heartbreaking to us all.
"They are still trying to wrap their arms around this, but we have made it clear that my office is going to every single thing in our power to embrace them in this very, very hard time", he said.
Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Roman Clark said firefighters arrived to see large flames coming from all three floors.
However, William Malone, the father of all nine children, said one had been released from hospital and that Mrs Malone was stable.
"Firefighters are doing what we call "hand dig" and they are going through it by hand and small tools", Clark said.
Clark says the woman, later identified as Katie Malone and two of her children were in critical condition.
Mr. Malone said he had no update on the status of the six children who were missing, as he was working when the fire happened.
"With the collapse", said Chief Clark, "it's going to make this a very labor intense-type situation at this time, in terms of trying to search for any additional victims that may be inside the home".