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Monday, February 20, 2012

District Heights Toddler Succumbs to Injuries from Home Fire

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

It is with deep regret that we announce that the 2-year-old girl rescued by firefighters from her District Heights home has succommed to her injuries.  On Friday, February 17, about 1:45 am, firefighters operated at the scene of a fire inside of a 2-story duplex home on Hil-Mar Drive.  Firefighters used ground ladders to access the 2nd floor bedroom of the  young child.  She was removed, treated for smoke inhalation injuires and transported to a hospital in "Critical" condition.  

Despite the very best efforts of firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and medical professionals, Mariah Kendra Hood, DOB 11-5-2009, passed away at Childrens Hospital on Sunday afternoon, February 19, 2012.    An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Fire Investigators have labeled this fire as "accidental" and is attributed to unattended cooking.  Fire loss is estimated at $50,000.  A working smoke alarm did sound alerting a family member.

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