Boy, 2, dies in Lincoln house fire

December 29, 2017

Story Location:
9233 East Mayhew Drive
Lincoln  Delaware
United States

A two-year-old boy died Dec. 28 in a Lincoln house fire that also caused $250,000 in damage.

The fire was reported about 10 a.m. in the 9200 block of East Mayhew Drive off Fleatown Road, said Michael Chionchio, assistant fire marshal.

Flames were shooting out of the two-story home when fire fighters from Ellendale, Milford and Lewes arrived, said Ellendale Fire Co. Chief Andy Jones.

“Fire was coming out of the windows on the first and second floors when we arrived,” he said. “It didn’t take long to burn. In less than 10 minutes the home was gone.”

The boy was taken to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science for an autopsy and identification.

Chionchio said there was heavy fire damage to the home, and he estimated $250,000 in damage. Seven other residents were transported to Milford Memorial Hospital where they were treated and released. Two victims suffered from smoke inhalation, Chionchio said.

Jones said he did not know where the family was staying while they were displaced. He also said neighbors he spoke with did not know the family, and he knew of no fundraising efforts for them.

Ellendale Fire Co. President Jay Jones, brother of Andy, said the all-volunteer fire company had a good response because many members were around while on holiday break. “This time of year, people are around and that helps,” he said.

Another factor in their favor was the big lots in the Cedar Creek Estates development.

“The older development played to our favor,” Jay Jones said. “The lots were an acre or more, giving plenty of space between homes.”

Homes in newer developments are built closer together. The same goes for homes in resort areas such as Slaughter Beach where a fire recently rolled through and damaged several homes, he said.

Both the Lincoln fire and Slaughter Beach fire remain under investigation.

Chionchio said the boy’s death was the 11th for 2017. There were nine fire deaths in 2016.