CHILDREN DIE IN EARLY MORNING FIRE
A five-year old and seven-year old girls, now identified as Emily Edwards and Halaina Smith, died in an early morning fire on Grand Avenue. The call was initially received at 2:55 a.m., when the occupants of 402 and 404 Grand Avenue were awakened by the sound of smoke alarms. The fire originated in 402 Grand Avenue where two adults and four children were sleeping; those at 404 Grand Avenue escaped without injury. Nearly 45 firefighters brought the blaze under control in about a half-hour. The children's bodies were taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore for autopsy. The joint investigation is being conducted by the State Fire Marshal's Office, the C3I unit, the Cumberland Fire Marshal's Office and Cumberland City Police to determine the origin and cause of the fire.