Baltimore County fire investigators today were seeking to determine the cause of a one-alarm fire in Rosedale that killed two children who had been left at home alone.
Shortly after 3 p.m. yesterday, the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company received a report of a fire in a house in the 6100 block of St. Regis Road, said Capt. Charles Leiss of the county's Rosedale Fire Station.
When firefighters from the volunteer company and county department arrived, the kitchen was afire.
After bringing the fire under control about 3:40 p.m., firefighters searched the house and found Charkia Hall, 3, and her 1-year-old brother, Shakirr, in a second-floor bedroom, Leiss said.
One child was found underneath a bed and the other near an air conditioner, Leiss said.
They apparently suffered from smoke inhalation and cardiac arrest and were pronounced dead a short time later at Franklin Square Hospital, Leiss said.
"We did CPR and tried to resuscitate them and bring them back," he said.
The children were in the townhouse alone, Leiss said.
"When the mother got there, she was very hysterical and out of control," he said.
The mother, Jennifer Grant, 34, who arrived shortly after the children were taken from the house, was taken to Franklin Square for treatment.
Officials said they had no idea why the children were left at home alone.
The fire, which was contained in the kitchen, caused at least $10,000 in damage, Leiss said. "It burned the whole kitchen out ** and caused a lot of smoke damages," he said.