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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hyattsville House Fire Claims Second Victim

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of a second victim from a Hyattsville house fire. On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at about 3:50 am, firefighters removed two sisters from their burning home in the 4700 block of 40th Avenue. Seven occupants were inside the home of which 5 escaped with treatable injuries. Two sisters were removed from the home by firefighters and transported to area hospitals in extremely critical condition.

Later that morning, Kimberly Hernandez, 9-year-old, DOB-1/29/01, who had been found unconscious and removed from the first floor, succumbed to her injuries.

Her sister, Kelli Hernandez, 13-years-old, DOB-2/22/1997, was removed by firefighters from her second floor bedroom.  She was initially transported to Prince George’s Trauma Center. Paramedics had partially resuscitated the young girl en route to the hospital by restoring a faint pulse. Once somewhat stabilized, she was transported to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for specialized treatment offered at that facility. Tragically, she has also succumbed to her injuries.

Prince George’s County Fire Investigators believe the fire to be “accidental” in nature and estimated fire loss to the structure and contents at $350,000.

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