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Posted at 1:55 PM ET, 01/16/2010

House fire kills woman in Pr. George's

By Washington Post Editors

A Prince George's County woman died Saturday morning from injuries suffered in a fire in Hillcrest Heights, Prince George's fire officials said.

The fire was reported about 5:30 a.m. in a two-story duplex at 3617 Dunlap St., just off Southern Avenue SE. Firefighters discovered a woman trapped in the bedroom of her second-floor house, Prince George's fire officials said in a news release.

The woman was rushed outside while firefighters extinguished the fire, which had spread to the attic, fire officials said.

Two other residents of the home escaped, including a man who suffered minor injuries, including cuts to his arms from an attempted rescue of the woman before firefighters arrived, fire officials said. The man, approximately 50 years old, and a woman resident, about 70 years old, were both taken to the hospital and listed in fair condition. A firefighter also suffered minor injuries.
The rescued woman, believed to be about 30 years old, was so small that firefighters thought she was a teenager and transported her to Children's Hospital in the District. She died a short time later, fire officials said. Her name has not be released.

The fire caused an estimated $15,000 damage, but no cause has been determined.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 16, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety  | Tags:  fire; Prince George's;  
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