Afternoon House Fire Injures Four Residents

Posted on  03/04/2014 8:21 am

LOCATION: 800 BLOCK WEST 34th STREET
DATE: MARCH 4, 2014
TIME: 4:46 P.M.

This afternoon at 4:56 p.m., Wilmington City Firefighters on the A-Platoon were dispatched to 800 West 34th Street for a reported house fire. Upon arriving, suppression units found a fire in the second floor, front bedroom of a two story dwelling. Arriving suppression units made short work of extinguishing the fire which was confined to the second floor, front bedroom. A properly installed, working smoke detector alerted the adult occupant of the fire which allowed him and his children to exit the dwelling with minor injuries. Three residents, one adult and three children, were transported to hospitals for smoke inhalation. All injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. No firefighter injuries were reported. Fire damage was minor and confined to the room of fire origin with minor smoke damage throughout the house. The residents were not displaced. The fire was placed under control at 5:05 p.m. by the Incident Commander, Battalion Chief Edward Hojnicki, Jr.

The Wilmington Fire Marshal's Office responded to investigate the cause of the fire. The fire investigation revealed that the fire was caused by careless use of burning materials.

Twenty-eight fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The following units responded: Squrt 4, Squad Engine 3, Squad Engine 1, Ladder 1, Battalion 1, Battalion 5, FMO Battalion 10, FM15, Ambulance PA1, Ambulance PA3, BLS Supervisor PA103, NCC Paramedics and NCC Paramedic Supervisor.