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.
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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.
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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.