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Woman Injured In Maryland Avenue Apartment Fire Succumbs To Injuries, Name Released

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The 70-year-old female injured in this fire died on November 4, 2020, at the Crozer Medical Center.  Lillian Girdner, age 70, of Wilmington, Delaware is the seventh fire death this year in the State of Delaware.  The origin and cause of this fire remains under investigation.

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The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating Tuesday evening’s apartment building fire in Wilmington, Delaware that critically injured a 70-year-old woman, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the blaze, reported shortly before 6:00 pm, occurred in the 300 block of North Maryland Avenue. The Five Points Fire Company arrived on the scene with smoke pouring from the three-story structure. One female resident was removed from the building by firefighters and rushed to the Christiana Hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. She is listed in critical condition and was awaiting transfer to the Crozer Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania as of last night.

State fire investigators responded to the scene and began a search for the origin and cause of the fire. The building contains five apartments and approximately ten residents. All tenants have been displaced. Heavy fire damage was estimated at $100,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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