A house fire in Baltimore early yesterday morning claimed the lives of six young children, two more children are hospitalized in critical condition, and the mom, Katie Malone, who works as a special assistant to Congressman Elijah Cummings, is also in critical condition.
An 8-year-old girl helped her mother pull her two younger brothers out of a fire that consumed their Northeast Baltimore home so rapidly early Thursday morning that distraught neighbors and firefighters could do nothing to save their six other siblings.
After extinguishing the fire in the 4200 block of Springwood Avenue, just off Belair Road, the Fire Department spent much of the day Thursday searching for and recovering the bodies of the children. Fire officials said they were a 9-month-old boy, a 2-year-old boy, 3-year-old twin girls, and 10- and 11-year-old girls.
The children’s mother, Katie Malone, a special assistant to U.S. Rep Elijah E. Cummings, remained in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Pulled from the fire by their sister, the two boys, ages 4 and 5, were in critical condition in the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The 8-year-old was hospitalized but released Thursday.
A GoFundMe page to help the family face this unimaginably horrific tragedy has been established and has already raised over $140,000. If you are so inclined, please donate. I intend to do so as well.
We often joke about what a select group of nerdy obsessive politicos we are. Usually it’s humorous, but sometimes it’s not, and in those moments, it’s imperative that we band together to help one of our fellow political friends in times of great need and distress. This is obviously one of those times.