Just before 4:00 am. Wednesday, January 19, 2011, firefighter/Medics were alerted to a house fire with children trapped. Upon arrival in the 4700 block of 40th Avenue in Hyattsville, fire/EMS units encountered a 1 1/2/ story, wood frame, single family home with heavy fire conditions consuming the front portion of the house. Firefighters mounted an aggressive interior attack on the fire and a search for the trapped occupants.
Firefighters quickly located 2 females, one on the first floor and one on the second floor, and removed them from the house. They were quickly assessed as non-breathing and without a pulse and CPR was initiated. Paramedics provided pre-hospital care and transported the two sisters to area hospitals. Their condition this morning was reported as extremely critical and grave.
An adult male and female, mother and father, were able to escape their burning home with two other daughters. These occupants were also transported to area hospitals.
One firefighter sustained burns to his feet and transported to a Burn Unit at the Washington Hospital Center. He was treated and released.
The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss is estimated at $350,000 for the structure and contents.
Prince George's County Acting Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor provided a media update at 7:30 am which can be viewed below. He is expected to provide updated information at about 1:00 pm on the scene of the incident. At that time firefighter/Medics will be going door-to-door providing fire safety information and new smoke alarms, if needed.
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.