FirefighterThe Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating a house fire that occurred early this morning in Dover, DE in Kent County that resulted in multiple injuries, according to Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal B. Scott Bullock.
Bullock said the fire was discovered by the home’s occupants at 12:48 am in the 2900 block of Kenton Road, just west of the corporate limits of Dover.
The Cheswold Volunteer Fire Company responded to the call and arrived with heavy fire involving the structure, and immediately requested assistance from neighboring fire companies.
Two of the home’s occupants were suffering from smoke inhalation and lacerations according to Bullock. Both patients were transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital. A 42-year-old victim remained at Kent General Hospital listed in stable condition while the other patient, a 14-year-old, was transferred to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania, and is currently listed in critical, but stable condition.
A firefighter was also transported to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital after he suffered minor burns to his hands and face. He was listed as stable condition, according to Bullock.
The fire was placed under control at 1:33 am. Deputy State Fire Marshal’s responded to the scene to conduct the investigation into the cause of the fire. The investigation is currently in progress. The home was not equipped with working smoke detectors, and the delayed detection of the fire contributed to the injuries sustained by the occupants, said Bullock.
The Red Cross of Delmarva responded to the scene and is assisting the home’s occupants. Damages are estimated at $50,000.
Agencies that responded to the scene included the Cheswold Fire Company, Dover Fire Department, Leipsic Fire Company, Hartly Fire Company, Camden-Wyoming Fire Department, Kent County EMS, Dover Police Department, Delaware State Police, Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, Red Cross of Delmarva.