DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (WUSA ) - Two young children have been injured, one critically, in an early morning house fire in District Heights.
Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor is on the scene of the townhouse fire which broke out just before 2:00 a.m. in the 6100 block of Hil-Mar Drive. Chief Bashoor says the flames started in the kitchen on the first floor of the home, directly underneath the bedroom of a 2 1/2 year old girl.
The fire triggered a smoke alarm, alerting a wheelchair-bound resident in the basement of the home. That person was able to wake up the children's mother and another adult. The three adults rescued a 9-year-old boy, but were unable to reach the toddler in her second-floor bedroom.
Firefighters rescued the toddler, who was transported to a local hospital with CPR in progress. Paramedics were able to regain a pulse, however she is still in critical condition.
The 9-year-old boy was also taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, but is expected to survive. A firefighter was also transported with minor burn injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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