A PARK FOR THE MALONES | 'Our hearts are with the family'

A PARK FOR THE MALONES | 'Our hearts are with the family'

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - On a quiet January afternoon, a space once ravaged by flames is now covered in water.

An empty lot, once a home filled with joy, is now a painful memory.

One year ago, on January 12, 2017, a fire broke out at the Malone family home in northeast Baltimore.

Katie and three of her children managed to escape.

Six of her children died, one just 9 months old.

The cause of the fire was ruled “undetermined.”

A few blocks away from the tragic scene lies another vacant lot, this one across the street from the City Neighbors Charter School where four of the children attended.

There are now plans in place to erect a playground in memory of the six Malone lives lost.

A GoFundMe page has launched. The goal is to raise $250,000 between private and corporate donations.

“I just met with the classes to share the plans for the playground,” said Bobbie Macdonald, executive director for the City Neighbors Foundation. “A lot the kids were very sweet and said they have money at home they can donate.”

The design for the park is already done - a magical forest to remember Bridgette, Amelia, Zoe, Amanda, Billy and Danny.

“Our hearts are with the family,” said Macdonald. “We feel deeply connected with them. We always will be in sharing that sorrow. That’s why all of us together can create something beautiful.”

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