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Hartly House Fire Kills One, Sends Another to Hospital

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HARTLY, Del.- A Thursday morning fire ripped through a home in Hartly, killing one person and sending another to a hospital.

Assistant Delaware State Fire Marshal Michael Chiochio said fire happened just after 11 a.m. along Bryants Corner Road. The Hartly, Dover, Camden and Marydel fire companies responded to the blaze.

Chiochio said heavy smoke could be seen coming from the home when firefighters arrived. He said one person made it out alive and was transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation. The victim who died has yet to be identified.

Rick Evans lives next door. He says his two dogs alerted him that something was wrong. When he walked outside, he said, he couldn't believe what he saw.

"I saw Lori sitting in my driveway. Then I saw paramedics over her and the state police. I came out and asked what was going on and then I looked and I said, 'Oh no,'" said Evans.

Evans said he comforted one of his neighbors in the ambulance.

"When I was in the ambulance with Lori, the paramedics said, 'Shut your radio off.' I knew. From that point on I knew. Kevin did not make it," Evans said.
Evans said his best friend died.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is not releasing the names of the victims until next of kin is notified and the state medical examiner's office completes its investigation.

"They were family. They were very loving, very caring. You only got one life. Treat it the best way you can," Evans said.

Evans said he will cherish the memories of his best friend.
Investigators say damage to the home is estimated at $100,000.   

The cause of the fire also remains under investigation.


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