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Trailer scene of deadly fire Jan. 29, double murder in 2014

Two shot to death at Harmons Hill Road home five years ago
January 30, 2019

Five years ago, a double murder on Harmons Hill Road left two young men dead. On Jan. 29, the same trailer burned in a fire that took the life of a resident.

A 27-year-old woman was able to escape from the 4:30 a.m. blaze by jumping out a window. Just a shell is left of the burnt out single-wide trailer in the 28000 block of Harmons Hill Road. Fire officials estimate the fire caused $30,000 in damage to the home.

The woman, who has not been identified, gathered items out of the home several hours after the blaze. A contractor helping her said she did not want to speak to reporters. He said he remembers fixing up the trailer after the double murder in 2014, and with the latest tragedy, agreed that the trailer may be cursed.

“It's probably time to get rid of it for good,” he said, before loading up the last box of salvaged items and driving off.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio said flames were shooting out of the home when Millsboro firefighters arrived. A body found inside the home was taken to the Division of Forensic Science for an autopsy, he said.

The 27-year-old woman was taken to Beebe Healthcare in Lewes where she was treated and released for smoke inhalation.

Chionchio said fire officials continue to investigate the origin and cause of the fire.

In 2014, William Hopkins and Cletis Nelson were shot to death inside the Harmons Hill Road trailer over drugs and money. After several months of trials in Sussex Superior Court and contradicting testimony from witnesses, details of who shot the men varied. Of the six men charged with first-degree murder, one was found not guilty, three took lesser sentences in exchange for testifying, and two were found guilty of first-degree murder.