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2 children die in Cumberland, Md., house fire

Friday - 1/20/2012, 5:41pm  ET

CUMBERLAND, Md. - The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says a house fire that claimed the lives of two children in Cumberland started in the living room.

The agency says 7-year-old Paige Ford and her 4-year-old sister Jymera died Friday morning. They were on the second floor of the row house on Harrison Street.

Spokesman Bruce Bouch (BOWTCH) says their mother Tandra Ford suffered smoke-inhalation injuries.

He says an 8-month-old baby boy and four other occupants escaped unharmed.

Bouch says six firefighters were treated for injuries but none were life-threatening.

The fire was reported shortly after 6 a.m. Bouch says it caused fire and smoke damage to at least one other house in the row of five.

He estimated property losses at $200,000.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.


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