BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A West Baltimore neighborhood is still coming to grips with the death of two young children killed after their home caught fire.
Saturday evening was relatively quiet in Sandtown-Winchester — but a mere 24 hours earlier it was a much different story. The 1100 block of N. Mount Street was the scene of a fatal fire that claimed the lives of a 1-year-old boy and 2-year-old girl.
Few in the West Baltimore neighborhood are able to process the terrible tragedy.
“Oh my god! Are you serious?” one woman asked WJZ’s George Solis following the fatal fire.
Baltimore City Fire crews responded to the three-story home around 7:30 p.m. Friday
The two young children died in a nearby hospital after going into cardiac arrest. A third person pulled from the fire was the children’s aunt, according to fire officials, and is expected to recover.
There’s now a small memorial outside the home where the children died. One family member says the pain is unfathomable.
“A lot of people out here is doing a lot of crazy stuff and still walking the streets. But, innocent babies? You feel me? I got four kids of my own, you know what I mean? I don’t understand it,” James Daniels said.
Daniels says the children are his cousins. Out of respect for the rest of the family, he is choosing not to disclose their identities.
Some of his teddy bears are now resting outside the home.
“I did everything with them, like, with my own and for this to come, I feel it, like it’s messed up,” he said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The medical examiner’s office will determine the official cause of the children’s deaths.
It’s not yet known if the family had working smoke detectors inside the home. Baltimore City Mayor Catherine Pugh and acting Baltimore City Police Commissioner Darryl DeSousa were at the scene Friday night to pay their respects.
Fire officials also express their condolences for the tragic loss.