Fire destroys a house in Milford, killing one person and injuring two others

MILFORD, Del. – A house fire claimed the life of one person and a dog, and sent two others to the hospital on Sunday after they jumped out of a window in a desperate attempt to save their lives.

“The individuals that were in the house they actually did self evacuate by jumping out of the windows and they were transported to the hospital,” said Milton Fire Chief Derrick Harvey.

“Unfortunately, there was one fatality in the residence that’s under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office currently,” said Harvey.

Officials said nearly 50 firefighters from different fire crews including South Bowers Firefighters, the Slaughter Beach Fire Company and the Milton Fire Department were needed to put out the fire that destroyed other objects in its path.

“Roughly about 40 minutes to get under control and we had upwards to 50 firefighters and six or seven fire companies here,” said Harvey.

According to Harvey, rough winds made it more difficult to battle the flames.

“We did the best that we could with the amount of wind that we have out here,” said Harvey, “They advanced three headlines into the residence and got a good knock out on the fire, and that’s pretty much it.”

“We had to continue working until we got it out,” said Harvey.

Officials said they have yet to determine what caused this fire and there is no word yet on the condition of the two survivors.

We will have more details as they become available.

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