BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) -- The bodies of five victims, including four children, were discovered in the aftermath of a 2-alarm blaze in Northeast Baltimore on Thursday morning.
WJZ reported the victims were identified as a grandmother and her grandchildren, who were ages 1, 2, 4 and 7. 9News' Scott Broom says the grandmother was the matriarch of an extended family and according to neighbors, there may have been 10 to 12 people in the house on Wednesday night.
The Baltimore Sun and neighbors say that the couple of the house are named Nancy and William Worrells. It's believed they have 19 children and many grandchildren.
Kevin Cartwright, Director of Communications for the Baltimore City Fire Department, says the deadly fire broke out just after 2:00 Thursday morning in the 5600 block of Denwood Avenue. The first firefighters to arrive at the scene found heavy flames and smoke coming from the first and second floors of the home.
WJZ quoted Cartwright as saying, "This was literally an inferno."
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According to Cartwright, firefighters established water supply lines and went inside to attack the fire. That is when crews witnessed one of the occupants jumping from a second floor window to escape the flames.
Firefighters then went to the second floor to look for people reported to be trapped. Once crews made it to the upper level of the home one of the firefighters fell through the flooring all the way to the basement. A mayday was sounded and the fallen firefighter was immediately located and rescued. Cartwright says the firefighter was treated at the scene and transported to Bayview Burn Center and is considered stable at this time. According to a Tweet from the Baltimore City Fire Department, a second firefighter was also injured. The civilian who jumped from the second floor was also transported to Bayview Burn Center.
The firefighters are expected to be okay.
Once the heavy fire was doused firefighters were able to continue their search for the victims who had been reported to be trapped. Unfortunately, the bodies of five deceased victims were discovered in their initial search.
The fire was placed under control approximately one hour and forty minutes after it was dispatched.
An MTA bus was on the scene sheltering family members.