Funeral Monday for Glenarden Father and Three Daughters

Family and friends remember a father and three daughters who died after a fire Feb. 21

Monday, Mar 4, 2013  |  Updated 9:18 PM EDT
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A father and three little girls, killed in a fire in their Glenarden, Md., home were laid to rest. News4 Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.

Tracee Wilkins

A father and three little girls, killed in a fire in their Glenarden, Md., home were laid to rest. News4 Prince George's County Bureau Chief Tracee Wilkins reports.

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Family and friends honored the memory of a Prince George's County father and three daughters during a funeral Monday at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. 

Darrell Price, 36, and daughters Daijah, 11; Tania, 8; and Patrice, 4, died after a fire at their Glenarden home in the early morning hours of Feb. 21. Darrell, Tania and Patrice died that morning; Daijah died the evening of Feb. 22 at a local hospital.

Darrell Price's wife, Teresa Myles-Price, and daughter Tamia -- Tania's twin sister -- were able to escape the fire by climbing out of windows. They were treated at local hospitals and released.

According to a website set up for the family's memorial fund, Daijah, a fifth grader, and Tania, a second grader, were both honor students with 4.0 GPAs. Patrice was "a little spit fire" often called Tricee or Lil Baby.

Darrell Price met his wife when they were teenagers. They were together for more than 20 years, the website said. He attended Spingarn High School and Lincoln Technical Institute, and worked as a watch engineer at the National Archive II site.

Donations are being accepted for the Price Memorial Fund.

Investigators said last week the fire was caused by a faulty refrigerator wire. The home did not have working smoke detectors.

Fires in the county seem to be on an upswing, with eight so far this year as compared to 10 in 2012. In response, the fire department has launched a public safety education campaign. They'll be going door-to-door once a month to check or hand out smoke detectors, and encourage residents to create fire escape plans.

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