Fire officials: 2 killed, 3 critically hurt in blaze

February 7, 2022 GMT

LITTLE CREEK, Del. (AP) — A 9-year-old girl and a 42-year-old woman were killed and three others were critically injured in a house fire in Little Creek on Sunday, Delaware fire investigators said.

When firefighters arrived at the house on Main Street just before noon, flames were shooting from the two-story home and several people were trapped inside, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said in a news release.

Firefighters rescued several people and five people were taken to a hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and burns. The woman and girl died at the hospital and three other people remain in critical condition, officials said. Two were expected to be taken to the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania.

State fire investigators, Delaware State Police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the blaze.

Damage was estimated at $100,000.