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Woman, two children seriously injured in Aberdeen fire Thursday

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A mother and her two young children were seriously injured in an apartment fire in Aberdeen Thursday morning, the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said.

The 26-year-old mother was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore and her two boys, ages 2 and 4, were transported to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics Hospital Center, according to a media release from the Fire Marshal's Office.

All three received burns to their upper extremities and were outside the building when firefighters arrived on the scene, according to the release.

The 10:16 a.m. one-alarm fire at 211 S. Law St. in Aberdeen was contained to the bedroom of the second floor apartment of the two-story wood frame dwelling that has two apartment units, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

The first responders to the scene immediately reported people with "burn injuries," according to monitored Harford County emergency radio transmissions, which also reported heavy smoke showing from the building.

The woman and children suffered burns to their head, face and arms, Deputy State Fire Marshal Bruce Bouch said.

He said the children were doing well at the burn center, as of Thursday afternoon.

"Both children are showing good signs," he said.

Approximately 25 firefighters from the Aberdeen Volunteer Fire Department, Susquehanna Hose Company of Havre de Grace and Aberdeen Proving Ground Fire Department brought the fire under control within five minutes, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

Two medic units were on the scene to handle the injuries, according to the Harford Fire and EMS Association media Facebook page, which said the fire was contained at 10:34 a.m. The Fire & EMS Association post also stated, "The pediatrics [children] are Priority 1 or very serious."

Investigators determined smoke alarms were not operating inside the apartment at the time of the fire, the Fire Marshal's Office said.

"No batteries were located in the smoke alarm," Bouch said.

Damage to the building is estimated at $50,000.

Deputy state fire marshals are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire.

"They are still going through the debris in the room and want to speak to the mother," Bouch said. "They are not able to speak with her at this time."

The identities of the injured woman and her children have not be been made public.

Check back with http://www.exploreharford.com for updates.

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