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Fourth person dies in Glenarden fire

An 11-year-old girl has become the fourth victim of a fire that took the lives of her father and two sisters earlier this week, Prince George’s authorities said Saturday.

Daijah Price died late Friday night at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. Daijah had been transferred to CNMC on Thursday morning after emergency workers at Prince George’s Hospital were able to restore her pulse following the blaze.

She was among four people pulled from the one-story brick home in the 8600 block of Leslie Avenue in Glenarden after a blaze broke out early Thursday morning. One of her 8-year-old twin sisters and her mother were able to jump out of a window before firefighters arrived and were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated and released. Daijah’s father, Darrell Terrance Price, Jr., the other 8-year-old twin, Monae Jeanita Price, and 4-year-old Patrice Price died in the blaze, authorities said.

Fire investigators said Friday that they believe the blaze was sparked accidentally by an electrical appliance, though they are running tests to determine more specifically how it happened, authorities said. The fire caused $100,000 in damage, authorities said.

There have been nine fire-related deaths in Prince George’s this year, compared with 10 in all of 2012, authorities said.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.


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