Funeral services for fire victims set for Thursday

The five victims of the fire that destroyed a Northeast Baltimore rowhouse Thursday will be memorialized together in a service Thursday.

Nancy Worrell, 55, died along with her three grandchildren and a great-grandson in the 2 a.m. blaze that gutted her two-story brick home on Denwood Avenue. The victims were all found in the back bedroom on the second floor of the home.

The deceased grandchildren are Daryl Stewart, 4, K-Niyah Scott, 2, and Tykia Manley, 7, who all lived at the residence. James Holden, 1, the great-grandchild whom Mrs. Worrell was babysitting for the evening, also died. Tykia and Daryl were students at Moravia Park Elementary School.

Wilson Worrell, 52, Nancy's husband, remains hospitalized in serious condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He suffered third-degree burns and smoke inhalation but managed to escape the fire by jumping from a second-story window. He also has a broken bone in his back, family members said.

"He has been able to squeeze our hands as we talk to him, but he cannot communicate," said Barbara Hopkins, Wilson Worrell's mother.

The Worrells, who were married 27 years and had 14 children, lived in the home for about two years.

Their 19-year-old daughter, Shade Worrell, saved her 2-month-old son by tossing him out a window to her nephew. She then jumped to safety. Her two other children, Daryl and K-Niyah, died.

Fire officials are continuing their investigation into the source and cause of the fire. The home has been condemned and is slated for demolition.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 4905 York Road. A wake will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries, 6000 Radecke Ave. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.

Family members said the city has offered funds to defray the funeral costs and Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens has donated five burial plots to the Worrell family. The Red Cross is helping the surviving family members find housing, Hopkins said.

"They really have nowhere to go," Hopkins said. "Everything they owned is gone. They have nothing."

The family has also set up an account at Bank of America, called the Nancy Worrell Funeral Association, for contributions.

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