Second Sister Succumbs to Injuries From Hyattsville House Fire

Fire believed to be accidental

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    The second of two sisters removed from a burning house by firefighters last week has died.

    When firefighters arrived at the scene in the 4700 block of 40th Avenue in Hyattsville, Md., at about 3:50 a.m. Jan. 19, the home was fully engulfed in flames. Two of four sisters who lived at the home had escaped with their parents, but two others were trapped inside.

    Firefighters found 9-year-old Kimberly Hernandez downstairs and 13-year-old Kelli Hernandez upstairs. Both were in cardiac arrest and suffering from burns. Later that morning, Kimberly died at Children's Hospital.

    Hyattsville Fire Claims Life of 9-Year-Old

    [DC] Hyattsville Fire Claims Life of 9-Year-Old
    A fire in a Hyattsville home claimed the life of 9-year-old Kimberly Hernandez.

    In extremely critical condition, Kelli was stabilized at Prince George's Trauma Center -- after paramedics restored a faint pulse en route -- then taken to Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore to be place in a hyperbaric chamber. She died there Monday.

    The other girls, Kelli's twin and a 4-year-old, were hospitalized for smoke-related injuries but are expected to survive. The girls' parents were also taken to a hospital for possible smoke-related injuries.

    Investigators believe the fire was accidental.

    A fund has been established to help the family. Details are below:

    Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donations to support the Zelaya family of Hyattsville, MD, are so greatly appreciated.

    The fund has been established by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, a 501C3 tax exempt organization.  Donations can be made in two ways:

    By check: made out to "Hyattsville CDC"
    addressed to: Treasurer
    Hyattsville Community Development Corporation
    5004 42nd Avenue
    Hyattsville, MD 20781
    (please reference "Zelaya Family Relief Fund" in subject line)

    By PayPal: at
    (please reference "Zelaya Family Relief Fund" in dialogue comment box)