July 20, 2023
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating this morning’s fatal fire in Bear, Delaware. One person is deceased, and three additional people were injured.
The blaze, reported shortly after 3:00 am, occurred in the unit block of Eaton Place in the Clairborne at Lexington Farms development near Summit Bridge Road and Denny Road. The Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company arrived on the scene with smoke pouring from the two-story house, two people trapped inside the house, and two people injured on the outside of the house.
One occupant was transported to the Christiana Hospital and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. One occupant from the home was taken to Christiana Hospital in critical condition. Two other occupants were transported to the Christiana Hospital in serious condition.
State fire investigators are currently on the scene searching for the fire’s origin and cause. Heavy fire damage was estimated at $300,000. Two canines died inside the house. There were no residential sprinklers inside the house.
This fire remains under investigation.
Office of the State Fire Marshal – Delaware
Michael G. Chionchio
Assistant State Fire Marshal
(302) 739-3312 Office Direct Line
(302) 593-9002 Cell