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Sussex County Woman Dies in House Fire

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LAUREL, Del. - Sussex County investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire in a Laurel home, that killed an elderly woman.


The fire was reported just after 11 p.m. on Cottage Circle Road, off Camp Road.

Neighbors in the area say they tried to put out the flames with a nearby water hose.

Neighbors also say they tried to rescue the woman.

"We were not sure at first if she was even in there and the smoke was so bad nobody could even go in the door," said Scott Riggins. "I mean as soon as they got the door open it was too much smoke."

The fire in a two-story home was extinguished by the Laurel Fire Company with help from volunteers from Seaford and Blades, said Michael G. Chionchio, assistant Delaware State Fire Marshal.

He said the woman was rushed to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford in cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead.

The State Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death, Chionchio said.

There were no other injuries reported.

Damage to the home was estimated at $25,000.

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