Probe continues into August fire that killed 3 children

LONG NECK — Investigation continues into last month’s fire that left three children dead at a home in Pot-Nets Bayside, authorities said Monday.

The Office of the State Fire Marshal and Delaware State Police are examining the Aug. 7 blaze, which is standard policy when a death is involved, Three children under the age 5 were found dead and another child was safely removed from the home by a parent.

“The case will be thoroughly investigated and a cause and origin will be released only after all facts of the case are revealed,” Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio said.

“We will release the origin and cause of the fire once developed. All cases are important and worked in the same manner.”

First responders were initially called to the scene on Scarp Street at 2:32 p.m. Upon arrival a fire that had engulfed the rear part of the home was quickly extinguished, authorities said. Three children were found dead at the back of the home.

The surviving child, also under age 5, received a medical evaluation at Beebe Medical Center and was treated and released.
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