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House Fire Claims The Life Of A New Castle Man, Authorities Investigating

New Castle – The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating last night’s house fire in New Castle, Delaware that claimed the life of a 62-year-old male resident, according to Michael G. Chionchio
Assistant State Fire Marshal.

Chionchio said the blaze, reported shortly before 7:00 pm, occurred in the unit block of Third Avenue in the Midvale development off of S. DuPont Highway. The Wilmington Manor Fire Company extinguished the fire.

Deputy State Fire Marshals are investigating this incident searching for the fire’s origin and cause, said Chionchio . The lone occupant of the house was severely burned and flown to the Christiana Hospital, via Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation), before transferred to the Crozer Burn Center where he passed away early this morning.

Fire damage was contained to a small area inside the home. A smoke alarm inside the home failed to operate due to not having a battery.

Authorities continue to investigate this case.

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