Baltimore house fire claims lives of 6 children

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BALTIMORE, Md. - The bodies of six children were pulled from the rubble of a Northeast Baltimore house fire, Thursday.  Officials said an eight year old girl helped her mother pull two of her siblings out of their burning home.  There were nine children in the Malone home,  six of them, did not make it out.

Officials said the fire broke out before 1 a.m. in the 4200 block of Springwood Avenue, which is blocks from the Baltimore City - Baltimore County line. Crews then stayed on the scene for most of Thursday.

The home suffered severe damage, and the third floor collapsed. Neighboring homes showed slight damage, as well, but fire crews appear to have been able to contain the fire to the one residence.

At this time, officials report that one woman and three children have been hospitalized.

Baltimore fire officials say that the cause of this fire is under investigation.

Baltimore Police spokesman, T.J. Smith, said on Twitter that his "prayers are with this family and the first responders."

The mother, Katie Malone, has worked for Congressman Elijah Cummings for eleven years.

“Last night around 12:30 one of my employees, Katie Malone, who has been with my office for 11 years, experienced a fire and sadly six of her nine children perished,” Mr. Cummings said during a press conference Thursday.

A Go Fund Me page was created for the family: as of Thursday evening $65 thousand dollars had been donated: https://www.gofundme.com/malone-housefire