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Woman, 4 children jump from Edgewood townhouse to escape fire

Woman, four children jump from the third story of a burning Edgewood townhouse early Friday.

A woman and four children jumped from the third story of a burning Edgewood townhouse early Friday morning, firefighters said.

The woman, who was identified as Anna Stansfield, 34, and her four children, ages 4 to 12, suffered non-life threatening injuries after a fire broke out in the middle of the group rowhome, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

A neighbor helped catch three of the children while a fourth jumped out of a rear window to escape, fire officials said.

All four children were taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Trauma Center and have been released, fire officials said. Stansfield was taken Johns Hopkins Bayview for mild smoke inhalation and injuries suffered from jumping out the window. She is expected to be released Friday.

Firefighters were first called to the townhouse in the 1800 block of Eloise Lane at 2:44 a.m.. The first unit arrived at 2:56 a.m. and found smoke coming from the house and the woman in the front yard.

It took 70 firefighters 40 minutes to place the two-alarm blaze under control. One firefighter was treated at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for an ankle injury after slipping on ice.

State fire investigators said the blaze started in the basement laundry room and spread to the rest of the house causing $150,000 in damage. The cause remains under investigation.

The home did not have working smoke alarms and was built before homes were required to have sprinkler systems, officials said.

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