- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities are continuing to investigate what caused a Wilmington row house fire that killed two children.

Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony Goode said at a news conference Wednesday that authorities were alerted to Tuesday’s afternoon blaze only after a paramedic driving past saw smoke.

Goode says if someone had called 911 earlier, then maybe lives could have been saved.

Goode says 37-year-old Christine Carroway went into the burning house trying to get her children, and escaped with a 2-year-old child, who was treated for injuries and released. Two of her daughters, ages 3 and 3-months-old, died.

Carroway was listed in critical but stable condition at a hospital Wednesday.



Officials say the home didn’t have working smoke detectors. Goode says the fast-moving fire was determined to have started on the first floor.

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