An 8-year-old girl helped her mother and two siblings escape a fire at her family’s Baltimore home early Thursday morning. The fire reportedly claimed the lives of six of the girl’s siblings – a 9-month-old boy; a 2-year-old boy; two 3-year-old twin girls; a 10-year-old girl; and an 11-year-old girl.
Fire officials said the bodies of the six children have been recovered after the fire destroyed the home. The fire reportedly started at the three-story home in northeast Baltimore just after midnight, with a mother and her nine young children inside, according to Roman Clark of the Baltimore City Fire Department.
ABC News reports the 8-year-old is in good condition and could be released from the hospital soon; but the mother, the 4-year-old and the 5-year-old are in critical condition.
Representative Elijah E. Cummings identified the mother as staff member, Katie Malone, and asked for prayers for her young family in a statement on his Facebook page.
“Katie has worked as a Special Assistant in my Catonsville office for nearly 11 years where she dutifully serves my constituents in the areas of immigration, postal services, and the military, including Service Academy nominations. I am grateful to the Baltimore City Fire Department and all those who responded quickly to the devastating fire. My staff is a family and this unimaginable tragedy is shocking and heartbreaking to us all. I again ask for your prayers.“