Women Two Children Seriously Injured In Car Fire


On Monday, at approximately 7:30 PM, the Wilmington Fire Department responded to the intersection of A Street and South Walnut Street for a report of an automobile fire.

While responding, Engine Company 2 was advised by the New Castle County Fire Dispatch Center that children were reported to be trapped in the car. Upon arrival, Fire Department personnel found an auto engulfed in flames.

Firefighters were advised that employees of a nearby auto detailing shop had removed two children from the auto. Fire department personnel immediately began treatment of the injured and extinguished the fire. Care of the burn patients was quickly turned over to arriving EMS units.

Two children, an 8-month-old and a 5-year-old, suffered extensive 2nd and 3rd-degree burns and were transported to Nemours Children’s Trauma Center in serious condition. The driver of the car, the children’s mother, who was able to escape the auto, was transported to Christiana Trauma Center with extensive 2nd and 3rd-degree burns.

DNREC was requested to the scene due to a fuel spill from the vehicle. Any updates regarding patient condition or outcome can be obtained from the respective medical facilities.