11-Month-Old Dies, Grandmother & Baby Brother Hurt in Delaware House Fire

A 17-year-old is also injured in 23rd Street fire that remains under investigation

UPDATE: Officials announced Wednesday 59-year-old Fay Hyland died from her injuries.

An 11-month-old died while his baby brother, his grandmother and a teenager were injured in a Wilmington, Delaware house fire.

The fire started around 7:15 p.m. Sunday on the 400 block of West 23rd Street. 

Firefighters pushed their way inside and rescued 59-year-old Fay Hyland, 11-month-old Maurice Williams and 3-week-old Isaac Williams from the second floor of the home. The Williams boys are brothers, according to family.

A fourth resident, 17-year-old Nashon Hyland, jumped from the second floor, firefighters said.

Maurice Williams later died at Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, investigators said.

Isaac Williams was transferred to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia where he was listed in critical but stable condition, firefighters said.

Fay Hyland was transferred to Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s Burn Unit in Delaware County in critical condition with burns to 70 percent of her body. Nashon Hyland was listed in stable condition at A.I. DuPont.

Wilmington Fire Victim Fay Hyland
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Fay Hyland suffered burns over 70 percent of her body. See Larger

Firefighters were able to place the flames under control around 8:25 p.m.

The blaze left the house gutted. Neighbors say the fire spread quickly.

"Crews are in there knocking down a little bit of hot spots, checking for any extension," Wilmington Fire Department Chief John Looney said Sunday night. "Right now we have our fire marshal's office. They're on scene along with the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office conducting the investigation which is going to be ongoing throughout the evening."

The cause of the fire remained under investigation by state and local fire marshals Monday morning.

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