Afternoon Warehouse Fire

Posted on  03/20/2013 5:52 pm

TIME: 4:14 P.M.

This afternoon at 4:14 p.m., Wilmington City firefighters on the D-Platoon were dispatched to the 1000 block of Christiana Avenue for a reported warehouse fire. Upon arriving, Deputy Chief Michael Donohue reported that smoke was showing from the front side of a large warehouse. The warehouse is occupied by Intercontinental Services at the entrance to the Port of Wilmington. Warehouse workers advised Deputy Chief Donohue that the warehouse contained bulk storage of 7000-12000 tons of Sodium Nitrate. The hazardous materials were reportedly in close proximity to the fire, but was not on fire. Sodium Nitrate is an oxidizer and hazardous material that can accelerate burning and cause moderate health hazards when involved with fire.**

Fire suppression units made an aggressive interior attack on the fire and found that the fire was burning ordinary building materials (walls and insulation) in the corner of the warehouse. The fire was contained and extinguished without spreading to the Sodium Nitrate or other areas of the warehouse. The fire was placed under control at 4:54 p.m. by the Incident Commander, Deputy Chief Michael Donohue. No civilian or Firefighter injuries were reported. Fire damage was confined to corner of the warehouse and business operations for the company have been halted until the Fire Marshal’s Office and Department of License & Inspections completes their investigations in to the cause of the fire and damage assessment to the building.

The fire investigation is active and ongoing at this time.

Thirty-seven fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The following units responded: Squad Engine 1, Squrt 4, Engine 5, Squad Engine 3, Tower Ladder 2, Ladder 1, Battalion 8, Battalion 3C, Deputy 2, F1, F17, F8, Battalion 10, FM13, FM15, Ambulance PA4, NCC Paramedics, Wilmington License & Inspection, and Delmarva Electric.

** Source - US DoT 2012 Emergency Response Guidebook