The Latest: Fire involved Congressman’s staffer, family


BALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on a house fire that injured four and left six children missing (all times local):

9:50 a.m.

A Baltimore Congressman says a fire that injured four and left six children missing involved a staffer from his district office and her family.

Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a statement Thursday that Katie Malone has worked as a special assistant in his Catonsville office for nearly 11 years. He says she serves constituents in the areas of immigration, postal services, and the military, including service academy nominations. He says “this unimaginable tragedy is shocking and heartbreaking to us all.”

Fire department spokesman Chief Roman Clark says responding firefighters found heavy fire coming from all three floors of the northeast Baltimore home when they arrived early Thursday. He says the woman and two of the children are in critical condition and the third child is in serious condition. He says another six children who live at the home are unaccounted for.

The cause is under investigation.

7:20 a.m.

A fire official says a woman and three children are injured and six more children are unaccounted for after a house fire in northeast Baltimore.

Fire department spokesman Chief Roman Clark says responding firefighters found heavy fire coming from all three floors of the home when they arrived early Thursday.

Clark says a woman and three children escaped the home. He says the woman and two children are in critical condition and the third child is in serious condition. He says another six children who lived at the home are unaccounted for.

Clark says the third floor collapsed and the second floor partially collapsed. He says the blaze is contained, but hasn’t been placed under control.

The cause is under investigation, but investigators haven’t been able to enter the building.

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