Katie Malone, a longtime member of Rep. Elijah Cummings’s staff and north Baltimore resident, lost six of her nine children in a house fire late Wednesday night that left her and her three other children hospitalized.
Cummings issued a statement expressing his grief:
“Last night around 12:30 one of my employees, Katie Malone, who has been with my office for 11 years, experienced a fire and sadly six of her nine children perished. It’s a very difficult time for our office. Katie is going to be ok. I talked to her husband at length today. Three of the nine children survived. Her husband she thinks that they will be ok also. We are a small, very diverse office of 21 people and we are like a family. Most of my employees have been with me in the Baltimore offices for more than 10 years. Katie’s responsibilities were to deal with immigration matters dealing with our various academies, our naval academy and the Army and others, and she also dealt with military problems, but her main focus was immigration. I have talked to her family at length this morning, her mother and husband. They are still trying to wrap their arms around this, but we have made it clear that my office is going to every single thing in our power to embrace them in this very, very difficult time.”
As of Thursday, Malone and two sons, ages four and five, were in critical condition, and an eight-year-old daughter was reportedly “in good shape,” according to Fox News. The children killed in the fire were two sons, ages nine months and two years, and four daughters: three-year-old twins, a 10-year-old and an 11-year-old.
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