Par­ents tried to pull girl from house fire

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Matt Zapo­to­sky

The par­ents of a 9-year-old girl killed in a house fire in Hy­attsville onWed­nes­day tried fran­ti­cally to get back into the home and save her, ac­cord­ing to a 911 call that the Prince Ge­orge’s County Fire/ EMS Depart­ment re­leased Fri­day.

The girl’s par­ents can be heard wail­ing in the back­ground as the per­son who called 911 tries to ask the fa­ther who is in­side and where they are lo­cated. The caller has lit­tle luck get­ting a re­sponse.

“He’s not lis­ten­ing to me, and his wife is try­ing to get back in­side,” the caller says.

Fire­fight­ers ar­rived within min­utes of that call, but they en­coun­tered a chaotic scene. Power lines to the right of the house were down, and two chil­dren were pos­si­bly trapped in­side, ac­cord­ing to the 911 caller.

The fire killed 9-year-old Kimberly Her­nan­dez and in­jured three of her sis­ters. Fire of­fi­cials have said they be­lieve the cause to be “ac­ci­den­tal,” but they have de­clined to pro­vide other de­tails.

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