Deadly Fire Ravages Couple's Home After Returning From Vacation - FOX 13 News

Deadly Fire Ravages Couple's Home After Returning From Vacation

Posted: Updated:
TOWNSEND, Del. -

One person is dead and two people injured after a fire ravages a home in Townsend, Delaware.

Neighbors snapped pictures of a deadly fire that lit up the night sky and destroyed the home. "It looked like a bonfire," exclaimed Mark Owens.

"We were freaking!" said Jineva Rios.

That's because the flames came dangerously close to a propane tank, threatening the safety of neighbors and her three young children.

"They were shaking, saying 'Are we going to die? Are we going to die!'"

Family members tell FOX 29 that the 62-year-old homeowner and her boyfriend were in the house on the 700 block of Money Road when it went up in flames around 11:00 p.m. Saturday night.

That 62-year-old woman is Norman Younger's stepdaughter. She made it out alive.

"She was completely black, smoke and fingers, black hands and face...everything," described Younger.

Younger visited his stepdaughter at Christiana Hospital Saturday night where she's being treated for smoke inhalation. "She talked in between coughing," he said.

Hours before the fire started, the couple had just returned from vacation. When his stepdaughter woke to the smell of smoke, she immediately tried to get her boyfriend out of the burning house. He didn't make it.

"She told me she tried to get him awake to follow her and she thought he was following her. She got outside and turned around and looked and he wasn't there. She tried to go back and the heat was too extreme," said Younger.

What caused the fire that killed one person and injured two people including a firefighter is still under investigation. Investigators say there were no smoke detectors in the house.

Family has asked FOX 29 not to release the names of either victim at this time. 

We're told the woman who survived the deadly fire will be released from Christiana Hospital on Monday.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • After 27 Years, The Showboat Casino In Atlantic City Closes

    After 27 Years, The Showboat Casino In Atlantic City Closes

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:24 AM EDT2014-09-01 05:24:50 GMT
    The Showboat Casino in Atlantic City has cashed out for the final time. The boardwalk staple of 27 years closed its doors for good at 4 p.m. Sunday.
    The Showboat Casino in Atlantic City has cashed out for the final time. The boardwalk staple of 27 years closed its doors for good at 4 p.m. Sunday.
  • 3 Council Rock High School South Students Killed, 3 Hurt In SUV Crash

    3 Council Rock High School South Students Killed, 3 Hurt In SUV Crash

    Monday, September 1 2014 1:23 AM EDT2014-09-01 05:23:05 GMT
    Authorities say an SUV carrying six young people overturned in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing three and injuring the others.
    Authorities say an SUV carrying six young people overturned in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing three and injuring the others.
  • Summer Heat Returns

    Sunday, August 31 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-08-31 21:14:08 GMT

    Summer is not over just yet!  90 degree temperatures will take us into September.  Much of the week ahead is looking hot with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.

    Unsettled weather will continue through Labor Day with temperatures soaring in the 90's.  We aren't looking at a washout but there will be pop up showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening on Monday. 

    Monday (90/72): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (93/71): Clouds/Storm

    Wednesday (87/63) Mostly Sunny

     

     

Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices