Afternoon Building Fire in Wilmington

Posted on  07/22/2013 6:21 pm

TIME: 1:41 P.M.

This afternoon at 1:41 p.m., Wilmington firefighters on the D-Platoon were dispatched to 2132 North Market Street for a report of a building fire. Upon arriving, Battalion Chief Raymond Brock reported that heavy smoke was showing from the large, three-story, corner building that has a vacant commercial occupancy on the ground floor with residential apartments on the upper floors. Chief Brock quickly added additional Fire Department units to the call due to the complexity of the large building and high atmospheric temperatures.

Fire suppression companies began an aggressive interior attack while simultaneously searching the building and apartments for trapped occupants. All occupants were found to have exited the building prior to the Fire Department’s arrival. Firefighting units found some difficulty in finding the seat of the fire due to the compartmentation of the interior building spaces. Deputy Chief Michael Donohue arrived and ordered a second alarm which brought additional firefighting units from both the City’s on duty and reserve forces as well as assistance from neighboring volunteer fire companies.

The fire was placed under control at 2:23 p.m. by the Incident Commander, Deputy Chief Michael Donohue.

No civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. The building sustained fire damage to the second and third floors; and water damage to the first floor. The building is currently being evaluated by the Wilmington Department of License & Inspection. Four families who were residing on the upper floor apartments were displaced and are now receiving housing and recovery services from the Red Cross. There is no exact count of displaced residents at the time of this press release. North Market Street was closed during the firefighting operation but has reopened as of 6:00 p.m.

The Wilmington Fire Marshal's Office responded to investigate the cause of the fire. The fire investigation is active and ongoing at this time.

Approximately 60 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The following units responded: Squad Engine 1, Skyboom 2, Squad Engine 3, Squrt 4, Engine 5, Ladder 1, Ladder 2, Battalion 4, Battalion 8, Deputy 2, Deputy 3, Safety Officer F17, F8, FM13, FM18, FM11, Brandywine Hundred Fire Company, Elsmere Fire Company, Five Points Fire Company, Holloway Terrace Fire Company, Ambulance PA1, Ambulance PA2, EMS Supervisor PA103, New Castle County Paramedics, Wilmington PD, Wilmington License & Inspection, Delmarva Power, and the Red Cross.