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Groundbreaking held for playground at lot where fire killed six children: 'It’s a celebration of life'

Groundbreaking held for playground at lot where fire killed six children: 'It’s a celebration of life'

A grass plot where there once was a vacant, dilapidated house that drew squatters and vermin will soon be transformed into a playground with an outdoor stage, ziplines, a water feature and a wood tree fort for children.

The Malone Children Memorial Playground on Raspe Avenue, across from City Neighbors Charter School in Northeast Baltimore, will honor six children who died when their home caught fire on Jan. 12, 2017. After months of planning, it is expected to be completed in August, just in time for the new school year.

On Wednesday, the Malones — parents Bill and Katie, their surviving children Erin, Jack and Jane, plus 8-month-old Abigail — attended the ceremony. Erin, who...

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