5-Year-Old, 15-Year-Old Dead After Prince George's County Fire

By Matthew Stabley
|  Friday, Aug 10, 2012  |  Updated 4:04 PM EDT
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News4's Shomari Stone checks in with the family of the victims of the Capitol Heights fire.

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Two Children Died of Injuries Suffered in a Fire Wednesday

A 5-year-old girl and her 15-year-old uncle died from injuries suffered Wednesday in a fire in Capitol Heights, Md. News4's Tracee Wilkins reports.

House Fire Kills Young Girl in Capitol Heights

Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a house fire in Prince George's County, killing a 5-year-old girl and critically injuring three of her family members.
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Two children died from injuries suffered during a fire in Capitol Heights, Md., according to the Prince George's County Fire Department.

Three people were asleep inside a two-story duplex home in the 6300 block of Carrington Court about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when a smoke alarm woke a 24-year-old man, according to Prince George's County fire.

Firefighters pulled two children from the duplex, removing them through a second-story window. CPR was performed on the children as they were rushed to a hospital in extreme critical condition, News4's Erika Gonzalez reported. Jade Buffaloe, 5, died from her injuries about 8 p.m. Wednesday. Her uncle, 15-year-old Rickey Cole, was pronounced dead about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

The girl's 24-year-old father is in critical condition with third-degree burns to about 50 percent of his body. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The girl's 52-year-old grandmother arrived at the scene after firefighters. She was taken to a hospital due to emotional distress.

Fire investigators believe an overloaded electrical component sparked the fire. An air conditioner appeared to be powered through an extension cord and a power strip. Neither should be used in powering such units, according to manufacturer guidelines.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates as they become available.

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