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4 Sisters, Including Twins, Rescued from Burning Home

4 Sisters, Including Twins, Rescued from Burning Home

ire occurred early Wednesday. (WTOP Photo/Kristi King)

January 19, 2011

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. — Four sisters are in area hospitals after firefighters rescued them from a burning house.

Twin 13-year-old girls are in very critical condition, acting Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Chief Marc Bashoor tells WTOP. One was transported to Children’s Hospital and the other to Prince George’s Hospital Center.

Another two girls — ages 4 and 9 — also are hospitalized in serious condition. The 4-year-old and 9-year-old were able to get out of the burning home with their parents.

The fire in the single-family home broke out around 4 a.m. in the 4700 block of 40th Avenue.

Firefighters found one of the twins on the first floor and the other on the second floor. The girls were not breathing when firefighters found them. The twins were burned and had inhaled smoke, firefighters say.

One firefighter suffered second-degree burns. He is expected to be released from the hospital.

The house sustained a lot of damage.

“It’s too early to determine point of origin,” Bashoor says.

The cause of the fire will be determine after fire investigators figure out where the blaze started.

Bashoor says it’s not known yet whether the home’s smoke detectors sounded. The smoke detectors are hardwired into the home but did not have a battery backup.