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(Scroll down for video) An adult with four children, possibly an entire family, were burned to death in a house fire in Baltimore, Maryland, according to reports.
An intense fire that destroyed a townhouse in northeast Baltimore on Thursday, has claimed the lives of an adult and four children, a fire official said.
Fire department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said firefighters were called about 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, and arrived to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the first floor of the house.
"This was literally a living hell," Cartwright said.
Cartwright said firefighters suppressed the heavy fire conditions and found the bodies of five people, during a search and rescue operation. He said the victims were believed to be a grandmother and her four grandchildren.
One person jumped from a second story window to escape the flames, Cartwright said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.
One firefighter was injured when he fell through the second floor of the house into the basement. He was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.