Two people in Marlow Heights, Maryland, are clinging to life Wednesday night after a fire swept through a home.
Prince George’s County firefighters responded to the fire at a two-story, single-family home in the 4500 block of Old Branch Avenue shortly before 2 p.m.
Fire officials said they assisted three adults, 12 children and five pets at the scene. The most seriously injured are a 1-year-old child and a 30-year-old man.
They were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. It’s not clear where in the house they were found.
The fire spread from the basement to the first and second floors. Smoke alarms activated and alerted occupants, the fire department said.
The home was occupied by a multi-generational family and is on a private lane that appears to contain several residences.
Throughout the evening, people arrived at the property to assist the members of the displaced family and to comfort them in their time of tragedy.
The Red Cross sent a disaster response team to assist the family with relocating temporarily.
The blaze caused an estimated $25,000 in damage, the fire department said.
The cause of the fire is undetermined and remains under investigation.