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Tragedy for Baltimore family; Six of their nine children presumed dead in early morning blaze – Congressman Elijah Cumming’s assistant escapes, critically injured, but her kids perish

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Katie Malone, former assistant to Congressman Elijah Cummings  [D-MD] was home with her 9 children when it was  razed by fire, in Baltimore MD Thursday
Four survivors, Malone and two children in critical condition,  third child  in serious condition
Presumed death toll of six children includes  9-month-old boy, 2-year-old boy, 3-year-old twin girls, 10-year-old girl, and 11-year-old girl
The body of one child was recovered, while five others are presumed dead
Malone’s husband was at work, when fire broke out, Fire and rescue arrived around 12:30am, Thursday but all three floors already engulfed by flames
Rep. Cumming has asked for prayers for his former special assistant of 11-years
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The early morning blaze in a Baltimore home is presumed to have killed six children and seriously injured a mother and her three surviving children

Fire tore through a couple’s home in South East Baltimore, Maryland in the early hours of Thursday  leaving three survivors with six  of their nine childrenpresumed dead
The woman identified the woman as Katie Malone, and two of her children were taken to hospital in a critical condition and the office of Rep. Elijah E. Cumming. Katie Malone was a special assistant who has worked for Cummings for 11-years.
‘It’s a very difficult time in our office,’ said Cumming to reporters at a news conference on Thursday morning and revealed he had spoken to Malone’s husband at length.
Firefighters found heavy flames coming from all three floors of the home when they answered they arrived on the scene around 12:30 am Thursday, and they 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.
William Malone was at work when the fire razed his home. Katie who was home alone with the nine children reportedly in critical condition along with two of the children. The condition of the third child is classified as serious. He said he does not know what may have caused the fire. The missing children include a 9-month-old boy, a 2-year-old boy, 3-year-old twin girls, as well as,  2 girls ages 10 and 11.

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Katie Malone aveteran of the office of Congressman Elijah Cummings survived but is listed as being in critical condition – six of her children are presumed dead in the fire
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Katie Malone who has worked as a special assistant for House Rep. Elijah Cummings for nearly 11 years
official-statement-from-congressman-elijah-cummings-officeOfficial release from Rep Cummings’ office
Katie Malone and two of the children are in critical condition, while the third child is in serious condition. Her husband was at work during the fire outbreak in the early hours of Thursday morning

One child has died and five other children are presumed dead after a fiery house collapse that injured four others who escaped from the home in Northeast Baltimore’s Cedmont neighborhood Thursday morning, the city Fire Department said.
Heavy construction equipment arrived after sunrise to clear debris and aid crews in searching for the children, but Baltimore Fire Department spokesman Chief Roman Clark said the missing are presumed dead.
“This is a recovery effort at this point,” Clark said.
One of the children’s bodies was recovered about 10:30 a.m., Clark said. While the excavator cleared debris, firefighters searched by hand for the others.
Four occupants of the residence, a woman and three other children escaped. All have been taken to hospital, the woman and two of the children are in critical condition, the third surviving child is listed as being in serious condition,Clark said.

Survivor being rescued by Baltimore Fire and Rescue.pngInjured Katie Malone and two of her children are seen as they are evacuated by firefighters
firefighters-search-for-six-children-presumed-dead-after-an-early-morning-fire-in-the-malone-home4The charred remains of the home destroyed by fire killing six children, in Southeast Baltimore on Thursday

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’ office identified the woman as Katie Malone, a special assistant who has worked in the congressman’s Catonsville office for nearly 11 years handling issues such as immigration, postal services, and the military, including Service Academy nominations.
“It’s a very difficult time for our office,” Cummings told reporters at a news conference Thursday morning.
He said he spoke to Malone’s husband at length, and he told Cummings that Malone “is going to be OK.” Three of the nine children survived, the husband told Cummings.

Firefighters search for six children presumed dead after an early morning fire in the Malone home2.jpgBaltimore Fire and Rescue arrived shortly after midnight to find all three floors of the home already engulfed by flames

Cummings said Katie Malone has worked as a special assistant in his Catonsville office for nearly 11 years.
Visiting the scene of the family’s tragedy, Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh,  asked for people to pray for the victims of the blaze.
‘I can’t imagine the pain of a mother or father who has to suffer this kind of loss,’ Pugh said.
Expressing his condolences on his Facebook page, Maryland governor Larry Hogan said:’The First Lady and I are devastated by the news of the tragic fire in Baltimore City this morning,’ Hogan wrote.
The cause of the fire remains unknown. According to NBC 4 investigators are trying to determine whether the fire was caused by a faulty space heater,




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