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Woman In Critical, Child Burned In Newark-Area House Fire

The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating yesterday afternoon’s fire that destroyed a Newark, Delaware house and injured two people, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the blaze, reported shortly before 6:00 pm, occurred in the 100 block of Boyer Drive inside the Salem Woods neighborhood. The Christiana Fire Company arrived on the scene with the house engulfed in flames. Emergency medical technicians and New Castle County paramedics treated and transported a 60-year-old female resident suffering from smoke inhalation and burns.

The female is listed in critical condition at the Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. A seven-year-old male sustained burns and was listed in good condition at the Christiana Hospital.

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State fire investigators are on the scene searching for the fire’s origin and cause. Heavy fire damage was estimated at $150,000. Three people were displaced due to the fire. The cause of this fire remains under investigation.

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