September 12, 2023
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating this afternoon’s house fire in Laurel, Delaware that injured three people.
The blaze, report shortly before 3:30 pm, occurred in the 100 block of West Second Street. The Laurel Fire Department arrived on the scene with smoke and flames engulfing the three-story house. Firefighters entered the burning home and rescued three occupants.
A 76-year-old female resident was transported to Nanticoke Hospital in critical condition suffering from smoke inhalation and burns. She was later flown by helicopter to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania. A 71-year-old female resident was transported in serious condition to the Nanticoke Hospital for smoke inhalation. A 68-year-old female was also treated at Nanticoke for smoke inhalation and burns. She is listed in stable condition.
State fire investigators are currently on the scene searching for the fire’s origin and cause. The three-story house was heavily damaged by the fire. Damage was estimated at $175,000. The American Red Cross was contacted and requested to provide emergency assistance to the victims. A total of four residents have been displaced. Several cats remain missing from the house.
Smoke alarms inside the house did operate. There were no residential sprinklers. This fire remains under investigation.
Updated September 13, 2023:
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office has determined that this fire was accidental. The fire originated inside the 1st floor kitchen and was caused by cooking materials igniting on the stove top. The 76-year-old female and 71-year-old female remain hospitalized in serious condition at the Crozer-Chester Hospital.
Office of the State Fire Marshal – Delaware
Michael G. Chionchio
Assistant State Fire Marshal
(302) 739-3312 Office Direct Line
(302) 593-9002 Cell