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2 children killed in Baltimore house fire

Neighbors create a memorial for the two young children who were killed in a rowhouse fire in East Baltimore on Wednesday night. (Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun video)

Two young children were killed Wednesday night in a rowhouse fire in East Baltimore, fire officials said.

The one-alarm fire started about 8:50 p.m. in a two-story rowhouse in the 600 block of N. Clinton St.

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Four children were in the house at the time of the fire, and two of the children, estimated to be between the ages of 2 to 5, were able to escape, said Fire Chief Roman Clark. The two children who died, both boys, were around ages 1 to 3. The mother of the children was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not deemed life-threatening.

The cause is under investigation.

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Darryl Ross, a neighbor, said he was pulling up in his car when he saw the second-floor windows blow out from the flames behind them.

The children's mother yelled at the firefighters that her babies were inside, and they rushed in, Ross said. Then he saw them carry out a young child.

"I'm trying to get it out of my mind," Ross said of the image of the child. "I never want to see something like that again. It did something to me."

Ross said the family had moved to the house earlier this year.

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Homicide and arson investigators were on the scene, which Clark said was standard procedure.

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