Two people, including a 9-year-old girl, perished in a devastating fire in Little Creek, Delaware.
According to officials with the Little Creek Fire Company, shortly after 12 p.m., Sunday crews were called to respond to reports of an active fire at a home in the 300 Block of Main Street. When fire crews arrived they discovered a two-story home engulfed in flames with heavy fire emanating from the first floor of the structure.
As fire crews arrived and prepared to battle the blaze, officials say one of the residents jumped from the second floor and advised that several people, including a child, were trapped inside.
As first responders worked to treat the victim, fire crews entered the home through a second story window and were able to locate and remove the child from the house.
A total of five victims were transported to Bayhealth Hospital in Dover suffering from smoke inhalation and severe burns. Among the victims was a nine-year-old girl and a 42-year-old woman, both died at the hospital as a result of their injuries.
At least three other victims remain hospitalized in critical condition, two of whom will be transferred to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating what caused the fire while damages have been estimated at roughly $100,000.