The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating last night’s fire in Townsend, Delaware that heavily damaged a home and fatally injured one occupant. 

The blaze, reported shortly after 11:00 pm on April 1st, occurred in the 500 block of Gum Bush Road.  The Townsend Fire Company and mutual aid companies from New Castle and Kent counties arrived on the scene with flames shooting from the one-story dwelling and one person trapped inside the burning house.  Firefighters rescued the occupant.  The occupant was transported to the Christiana Care – Middletown Emergency Department and pronounced dead. 

State fire investigators are currently on the scene searching for the fire’s origin and cause.  A 2nd occupant was transported to the Christiana Hospital in serious condition suffering from smoke inhalation.  

Heavy fire damage was estimated at $100,000.  This fire remains under investigation.