911 tapes released in fatal fire
The parents of a 9-year-old girl killed in a house fire in Hyattsville Wednesday tried frantically to get back into the home and save their daughter, according to a 911 call released by the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department Friday.
The girl's parents can be heard wailing in the background of the call as the 911 caller tries to ask the father who is inside and where they are located. The caller has little luck getting a response.
"He's not listening to me, and his wife is trying to get back inside," the caller says.
Firefighters arrived within minutes of the woman's call, but they encountered a chaotic scene. Power lines were down to the right of the house, and two children were possibly trapped inside, according to the 911 caller.
The fire eventually killed 9-year-old Kimberly Hernandez and injured three of her sisters. Fire officials have said they believe the cause to be "accidental," but they have declined to provide other details.
The family's neighborhood is accepting donations to help the survivors and those injured.
To donate, checks should be made out to the "Hyattsville CDC."
They can be mailed to:
Hyattsville Community Development Corporation
5004 42nd Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
| January 21, 2011; 10:09 AM ET
Categories: Fires & Fire Safety, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's
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