Woman In Serious Condition After Smyrna House Fire Saturday

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office has determined that Saturday afternoon’s residential fire in Smyrna was an accident according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the Citizens’ Hose Company responded to 9-1-1 reports of smoke coming from a house in the unit block of Shortly Lane shortly before 3:30 pm. Firest arriving reported smoke showing from the home.

Firefighters entered the home and found an active fire on the stovetop with fire extending into the walls. Chionchio said investigators determined that the fire originated on the stovetop in the kitchen when food, being prepared, ignited and that the flames heavily damaged the kitchen.

The occupant of the home, a 56-year-old Smyrna woman, was transported to Bayhealth Kent Campus in Dover, Delaware. She was listed in serious condition suffering from smoke inhalation.

Fire damage was estimated at $5000. The American Red Cross was notified and will be providing emergency assistance to the injured woman and two dogs.

Reports from the scene indicated that at least one of the dogs had to be rescued from the home.

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