A house fire has killed six adults and children in East Baltimore.
Firefighters got the call about the fire in the 2300 block of Homewood Avenue about 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, said Baltimore Fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright. Crews arrived to see that flames had engulfed the two-story brick home, which was an end-unit rowhouse.
Initially, firefighters tried to extinguish the fire from inside the house, but increasing winds caused the flames to get more intense, and firefighters were forced to battle from the outside. Flames also spread to three nearby homes.
Once firefighters put out the fire, crews searched the home and found the six victims. Cartwright did not know the ages of the victims at this time or how the fire started.
The Baltimore Sun reported that Shirley Braxton said she had known her deceased neighbors for more than 20 years. "They were a very nice couple, a sweet couple" who had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she said.