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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Second sister dies from fire injuries

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

A 13-year-old girl who was critically injured by the Hyattsville house fire that killed her 9-year-old sister has died, authorities announced Tuesday.

Kelli Hernandez, 13, was removed by firefighters from her second floor bedroom during the Jan. 18 fire and taken to the hospital with a faint pulse. She was pronounced dead Monday, authorities said.

Hernandez is the second victim of what investigators believe was an accidental blaze in the 4700 block of 40th Avenue. Her sister, 9-year-old Kimberly Hernandez, was also killed, authorities had said.

Investigators have yet to determine a specific cause. Five others sustained treatable injuries, authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | January 25, 2011; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety, Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's  
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This is so sad. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by: ctierney | January 25, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if there is a fund set up to help this family?

Posted by: TerpzFan | January 25, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I know this family --They are not wealthy and the fire destroyed everything they owned and they are grieving the loss of their two beautiful daughters. They do not have other family that can be helpful financially. A 501(c)(3) "Zelaya Family Relief Fund" has been set up to take donations for the family. Here's a link to the fund, which is on the website of the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, "". I know that this is a difficult time to ask, just weeks after the holidays, but please consider donating - even if you can only afford a small amount. Donations are tax-deductible.

Posted by: ACActon | January 26, 2011 7:25 AM | Report abuse

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