Five Dead, Two Firefighters Injured in Baltimore Blaze

The bodies of four children and one adult were found in a two-alarm house fire in Northeast Baltimore Thursday morning.

Just after 2 a.m., Baltimore City firefighters arrived on the scene of a house fire on the 5600 block of Denwood Ave., according to fire department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright. Firefighters discovered the bodies of five people in the home.

Units found heavy fire and smoke coming from the first floor and extending to the second floor, Cartwright said. As firefighters established water supplies, they saw a person jump from a second floor window. That person was taken to Bayview Burn Center for treatment.

As officials were performing a search and rescue, one firefighter fell through the second floor to the basement. He was located and treated on the scene before being transported to Bayview Burn Center, said Cartwright.

The fire was officially under control at 3:47 a.m. Fire investigators and police arson detectives are on the scene. As of 8 a.m., the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

According to family member Sharon Senner, who was on the scene Thursday morning, the victims were her mother 55-year-old Nancy Worrell, Nancy's 1-year-old great-grandson and her three grandchildren, ages 2, 4 and 7. Also according to family members on the scene, 19-year-old Shade Worrell, Nancy's daughter, threw her 2-month-old baby out the second story window before jumping out the window herself. Shade and the baby are unharmed, Senner said.

Fire officials have not yet identified the deceased.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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