HOUSTON — A kitchen fire filled a home daycare center with smoke on Thursday, killing three children and injuring four others. Firefighters ran with babies and small children in their arms to nearby ambulances on the crowded street, a fire official said.
All seven children in Jackie's Child Care were taken to hospitals, said Lt. Rick Flanagan, Houston Fire Department's executive assistant chief. They ranged in age from 18 months to 3 years old, officials said.
Neighbor Michael McAndrews said he saw "smoke billowing out of the house and firemen up on the roof, trying to make a hole." Around front, firefighters were carrying children out of the smoke-filled house, then performing CPR in the yard.
Flanagan said no information was immediately available on the names and ages of those who died.
Same-sex marriage advances in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, Md. —Same-sex couples in Maryland would have the same full marriage rights as heterosexuals under a bill that cleared the Senate on Thursday. If the House of Delegates approves it and the governor signs it, Maryland would be the sixth U.S. state to approve gay marriage.
Opponents, including Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, D-Calvert, promised that if it does become law that a referendum question would be on the 2012 ballot so voters will have the final decision.
One Republican, Sen. Allan Kittleman of Howard, joined 24 Democrats to give the bill the 25 votes it needed to pass, with 21 opposing. Senators amended the bill to include protections for religious groups and institutions to keep them from being forced to participate in gay weddings. The bill would grant the same title and rights to same-sex couples as married straight couples.