ATF, County Police Join Bear House Fire Investigation, Two Remain In Critical

Delaware officials are continuing their investigation into the fire that injured seven people Saturday evening in Bear, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Fire investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and New Castle County police detectives are now assisting the State Fire Marshal’s office with this investigation.  Chionchio said that the assistance from the law enforcement agencies is a normal protocol and does not indicate that a crime has occurred.

Officials updated the status of the victims injured in the fire. Chionchio said the injured, a 78-year-old male resident and a 73-year-old female resident remain in critical condition at the Crozer Hospital in Upland, Pennsylvania. All other victims were treated and released from Christiana Hospital on Sunday.


The fire was reported shortly before midnight in the unit block of Barrister Court in the Buckley development. Chionchio said the Christiana Fire Company arrived on the scene with flames engulfing the two-story house and found several of the injured occupants.

Emergency Medical teams along with the New Castle County paramedics treated the injured parties and transported all victims to the hospital.

Heavy fire damage is estimated at $300,000.

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