No cause found in double fatal fire in Delaware

Fire investigators have closed their investigation into a double fatal fire in December without determining what sparked the deadly blaze.

Fire broke out at a vacant building on W. 5th Street in Wilmington around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 13.  The fire caused much of the building to crumble.  As fire investigators were conducting their examination a few days later, they discovered the body of a man who had been buried beneath the rubble; that happened Dec. 17th.

Later that week, investigators discovered a second body, this time a woman.  The body was found at the Cherry Island landfill where debris from the fire was being dumped.  

Now, more than two months after the fire that claimed two lives, Wilmington Fire Marshal Deputy Chief William McKim says investigators have exhausted all leads, “which provided no conclusive evidence as to how the fire started.”

The case is now officially listed as closed with the cause undetermined.

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