Seaford Volunteer Fire Department photographer Rick Stewart took this photo of the crash scene.
BLADES, Del.- A Seaford man is facing DUI and related charges after the SUV he was driving went off the road and crashed into the house of an elderly Blades couple.
Delaware State Police said the incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, as 20-year-old Nicholas G. Raneri was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer westbound on Airport Road just west of Brickyard Road. Troopers said Raneri drove the Blazer off the south side of the roadway and then crashed into a home located at 9636 Airport Road in Blades.
Police said flames began to come out of the SUV, which then ignited the home on fire. The homeowners, a 78-year-old woman and her 73-year-old husband, heard the crash and were able to get out of the home unharmed. Raneri was also able to exit his vehicle. He was transported by EMS to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Raneri was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, inattentive driving, and failure to have insurance in possession.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is conducting the investigation into the fire, which was brought under control by the Blades Volunteer Fire Company. The home and a vehicle parked in the carport were reported as total losses.
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