BALTIMORE (AP) — Shade Worrell and her youngest son barely escaped a fire that tore through her east Baltimore home Thursday, killing five people.
The 19-year-old described choking on smoke as she scrambled to a first-floor window with her 2-month-old son. She dropped him out the window and into the hands of a relative before climbing out herself.
"I felt the heat," she said of escaping the fire.
Worrell's two other children were among five who died. Four-year-old Darryl Stewart III and 2-year-old K'niyah Scott were sleeping in another room. The other victims were Worrell's mother and two other children.
Worrell, appearing stunned and speaking softly, gave a brief interview while sitting in a car outside a nearby school where family members met with the mayor.
Fire department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said that when firefighters arrived at the home in the Frankford neighborhood around 2 a.m. there were intense flames coming out of every window and door.
"It looked like an inferno, and it's surprising that anyone survived in this fire," he said.
It took firefighters nearly two hours to bring the blaze under control. One man jumped from a second-floor window to escape, Cartwright said. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment, where he was in stable condition.
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