Six Killed in Maryland House Fire
Sep. 03, 1999
DUNDALK, Md. (AP) _ A couple and their four children were found dead in a house fire early today in this Baltimore suburb.
The fire broke out about 4:30 a.m. and was extinguished in about an hour.
All the victims were found on the second floor, Baltimore County fire Lt. Glen Blackwell said.
Flames were intense in the back of the first floor and the second floor was already fully engulfed when firefighters arrived, ``making a rescue attempt futile,'' fire spokesman Mark Hubbard said. ``Nobody could survive in those conditions.''
Neighbors, awakened by a barking dog, tried to wake the family.
``We stayed at the door, banging,'' neighbor David Rice said. They could hear the home's smoke alarms sounding inside. ``We just couldn't raise them.''
The dog was found dead in a kennel on the first floor.
The family had attended the Orioles game Thursday evening, when Cal Ripken hit his 400th home run, Rice said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
Killed were Marie Jamison, 33; her two children, James McCready, 10, and Brandon McCready, 6; her husband, Raymond Jamison, 39; and his two sons _ Raymond Jr., 12, and Jacob, 10.
At Norwood Elementary School, which Brandon and Jacob attended and the other two boys used to attend, crisis counselors met with classmates today, principal Harry Walker said.
``It's a tremendous loss of the school community,'' he said. ``We are very close here. It's like the loss in a family because we are so close.''