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  • Update: Magnolia fire kills Postlethwait Middle School student; second person dies from injuries

  • A 56-year-old woman, who resided in the Magnolia home that caught fire Wednesday in the London Village development, died this morning as a result of the injuries she sustained, the Delaware State Fire Marshal's office announced today.
    The fire also killed 11-year-old Andromeda "Andy" Brown, a sixth grader at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School.
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  • A 56-year-old woman, who resided in the Magnolia home that caught fire Wednesday in the London Village development, died this morning as a result of the injuries she sustained, the Delaware State Fire Marshal's office announced today.
    Peggy L. Klinger, 56, had been hospitalized since the incident. According to original reports, Kinger had been rushed to Bayhealth's Kent General Hospital, suffering burns. She was then transferred to the Crozer Burn Center in Upland, Pa.
    A 2-year-old girl was also treated at Kent General Hospital and transported to Crozer Burn Center, and a 14-year-old boy was treated and released at KGH for burns and abrasions. An update on their condition has not been released.
    The fire also took the life of 11-year-old Andromeda "Andy" Brown, a sixth grader at F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School.
    The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
    Previously reported:
    The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office and Delaware State Police are investigating the house trailer fire that killed one girl and and injured three other people in Magnolia late Wednesday night.
    The fire took the life of F. Niel Postlethwait Middle School sixth grader Andromeda "Andy" Brown, Caesar Rodney School District spokesman Ron Gough said. Postlethwait Principal Jason Payne sent out a global message to all parents Wednesday, and a letter was sent home to sixth graders.
    In addition, counselors were dispatched to Postlethwait to help students and staff cope with the loss, Gough said.
    Brown was well liked by students and staff, Gough said.
    "Obviously, the children were very upset at the loss of Andy," he said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family."
    On Thursday, the Delaware Office of the Medical Examiner ruled the 11-year-old girl's death as an accident, state health officials said.
    The blaze, reported shortly before 11 p.m., occurred in the 100 block of Juanita Drive in London Village off of Mill Chop Lane, Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio said. The Magnolia Fire Company arrived on the scene with flames shooting from the house trailer.
    Firefighters discovered one person deceased inside the house trailer and three others injured outside, Chionchio said.
    A 56-year-old woman was rushed to Bayhealth's Kent General Hospital, suffering burns, he said. She was transferred to the Crozer Burn Center in Upland, Pa. A 2-year-old girl was also treated at Kent General Hospital and transported to Crozer Burn Center, and a 14-year-old boy was treated and released at KGH for burns and abrasions.
    Investigators were in the process of notifying the relatives of those injured, he said. As such, he could not release their names either.
    State fire investigators are searching for the fire's origin and cause. Heavy fire damage has been estimated at $35,000.

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