UPDATED: Family Identifies Three Young Children Killed in Long Neck Fire
LONG NECK, Del.- Three children, all under the age of five, were found dead in a Long Neck house fire Wednesday afternoon.
Fire crews arrived at the home on Scarp Street shortly after 2:30 p.m, in the Pot-Nets Bayside community.
Multiple fire companies, including the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company, the Lewes Fire Department and the Millsboro Fire Company, responded to the scene.
"We were initially dispatched for a structure fire for reported subjects trapped," explained IRVFC President Patrick Miller. "When we came on scene we found heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear of the residence."
Delaware State Police confirmed that three children under the age of five were found dead in the back of the trailer. One child, also under the age of five, was taken out of the house by a parent. The child was taken to Beebe Medical Center and was released after being medically evaluated.
Two of the three children found dead were 4-year-old twins, Skylar and Veronica Marchuck. The other child was a baby named Amaya Gentner, a cousin of the twins, according to friends of the Gentner family.
All three children lived in the home.
While the three girls were found in a back bedroom, family members say the fourth child was removed from another area of the home by her parent.
"I can tell you with something this tragic we need to respect the family and our hearts and thoughts and prayers go out to this family, the community, friends and family," sayid Delaware State Police Sgt. Richard Bratz. "The Delaware State Police, the Fire Marshals, the fire departments the EMS, first responders are all here for them so we can get through this together."
The Delaware State Fire Marshal said no smoke alarms were present in the home.
The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damages, fire officials said.
Troopers said the three children who died in the fire were turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. An autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death.
A GoFundMe page was set up Thursday to support the family.