Two Hospitalized After Lamp Cord Ignites Bed In Claymont Heights


The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that this morning’s house fire in Claymont, Delaware that injured two occupants was accidental, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the fire was reported through the 9-1-1 Center shortly before 1:30 am in the 300 block of Harvey Road in Claymont Heights. The Claymont Fire Company responded to the fire. Two occupants, a 53-year-old female and a 97-year-old female, suffered smoke inhalation and were transported to the Wilmington Hospital in good condition by the Claymont Emergency Medical Services and New Castle County paramedics.

The fire originated inside a bedroom when an electrical power cord to a lamp failed and ignited bedding. Heavy fire damage was estimated at $15,000. Smoke alarms inside the home activated alerting the residents to the fire.

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