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Fire Deaths



Delaware’s Deadliest Fires


January 3, 2001
11 victims
Oak Orchard, DE
Single Family Ranch Dwelling
Unattended Cooking
Female (age 83) / Female (age 50) / Female (age 31) / Female (age 26) / Male (age 9) / Female (age 7) / Male (age 5) / Female (age 4) / Male (age 4) / Female (age 23 months) / Male (age 11 months)

October 31, 2000
5 victims
South Bayshore Drive, Milton, DE
Mobile Home
Cause: Undetermined
Male (age 49) / Female (age 18) / Male (age 10) / Male (age 9) / Male (age 23 months)

January 28, 1996
4 victims
North Locust Street, Wilmington
Two Story Single Family Dwelling
Electric hot comb improperly placed on sofa
Female (age 9) / Female (age 7) / Female (age 6) / Male (age 5)

January 20, 1993
4 victims
Railroad Avenue, Laurel
Two Story Duplex
Child playing with lighter
Female (age 46) / Male (age 7) / Male (age 3) / Female (age 1 month)

April 10, 1990
5 victims
Gull Turn Brookmont Farms, Newark
Child playing with lighter
2 story frame townhouse
Male (age 37) / Female (age 23) / Female (age 4) / Male (age 3) / Female (age 1)

October 21, 1980
6 victims
Amoco Corp
Industrial
Male (age 60) / Male (age 55) / Male (age 46) / Male (age 45) / Male (age 41) / Male (age 38)


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