Several people injured after Delaware fire; investigation ongoing
DOVER, Del. – A teen and a firefighter are among the injured individuals after authorities say a fire happened at a Delaware home which was not equipped with working smoke detectors.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office says just before 12:50 AM, a fire in the 2900 block of Kenton Road was discovered by the home’s occupants. Officials say the Cheswold Volunteer Fire Company responded to the Dover scene where heavy fire was happening. The fire was reported to be under control just after 1:33 AM. Fire officials report that the following agencies also responded to the scene: Dover Fire Department, Leipsic Fire Company, Hartly Fire Company, Camden-Wyoming Fire Department, Kent County EMS, Dover Police Department, Delaware State Police.
According to the report, two occupants were taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital for smoke inhalation and lacerations. Fire officials report that a 14-year-old was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, PA and the teen is listed in critical condition. Authorities say a 42-year-old victim is in stable condition at Kent General Hospital. Officials report that a firefighter suffered minor burns to the hands and face and is in stable condition at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Investigators say the delayed detection of the fire aided in injuring the occupants of the home. According to the report, the Red Cross of Delmarva responded to the scene and is assisting the home’s occupants The fire reportedly caused $50,000 in estimated damages.