Makeshift memorial pays homage to fire victims

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A giant makeshift memorial has risen at 5601 Denwood Avenue in Northeast Baltimore as friends and neighbors leave an assortment of items to mark the travesty that took place when five family members including a grandmother and four children perished in an early morning fire almost a week ago.

Mourners memorialize fire victims
Grandmother and four children to be laid to rest Thursday

By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun
9:57 a.m. EDT, October 18, 2012

A little more than a week ago, little children were playing in the yard of their Northeast Baltimore home. Neighbors of the Denwood Avenue residence recalled how the kids were always happy, friendly and smiling.

Now their bikes and toys lie in a charred heap at the side of the concrete front porch and the yard is filled with debris from a deadly fire that claimed the lives of four children and the woman the entire Worrell family called Mama.

The family will pay final tribute Thursday to Nancy Worrell, 55, the woman at the heart of a sprawling brood that included her husband of 27 years and 14 offspring. She died Oct. 11 along with three grandchildren and a great-grandson in the 2 a.m. blaze that destroyed the two-story rowhouse. The victims were all found in the back bedroom on the second floor of the home.

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