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Two children injured in Prince George’s house fire

Two children were hurt early Friday morning when a fire ripped through a District Heights home, leaving one of them critically injured.

According to Prince George’s County fire officials, the fire broke out in a two-story townhouse in the 6100 block of Hil-Mar Drive about 1:45 a.m.

When firefighters arrived, they found heavy fire in the first floor with some flames and heavy smoke in the second floor.

Three adults and a 9-year-old child escaped before firefighters arrived, but a second child, a 2-year-old girl, remained trapped in a second-floor bedroom.

Fire officials said the adults in the house had been unable to reach the young girl before evacuating the home.

When firefighters rescued the trapped child, she was not breathing and had no pulse, officials said. She was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

Once her pulse was restored, she was transferred to the Children’s National Medical Center, where she remains in critical condition.

The other child was also taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and a firefighter who suffered minor burn injuries was taken to the burn unit at Washington Hospital Center. The firefighter is expected to be released Friday morning.

Investigators believe the blaze, which was put out in 15 minutes, was ignited in the kitchen. The official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire loss estimates are still been calculated, and the Prince George’s County Citizens Services Unit is helping the displaced family find a place to stay.


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