Morning House Fire with Civilian Injury

Posted on  04/13/2014 8:15 am

LOCATION: 1400 BLOCK GILPIN AVENUE
DATE: APRIL 13, 2014
TIME: 6:00 A.M.

This morning at 6:00 a.m., Wilmington firefighters on the D-Platoon were dispatched to the 1400 block of Gilpin Avenue for a report of a house on fire with fire coming from a first floor window. Upon arriving, Fire Department units reported smoke was showing from the first floor of the three story, semi-detached, brick, 5 unit apartment building.

Fire suppression companies began an aggressive interior attack while simultaneously searching the residence for any occupants. Firefighters found an occupant from Apartment 1 on the floor in the kitchen of the apartment that the fire originated. The middle aged female was removed by members of Ladder Company #2 and care was administered by them and the EMS unit from St. Francis along with New Castle County Paramedics. Her injuries included 2nd degree burns and inhalation burns. The victim was transported to Christiana Hospital and stabilized prior to being transferred to Crozier Hospital. There was major fire, smoke and water damage to the original unit. There was smoke damage to the remaining apartments in the building.

The fire was placed under control by the Incident Commander Acting Battalion Chief Richard Lamb at 6:25 a.m.. No other civilian or firefighter injuries were reported.

As a result of the fire, six persons are temporarily displaced and are being assisted by friends and family. The Wilmington Fire Marshal's Office responded to investigate the origin and cause of the fire. The fire investigation is active and ongoing at this time.

Approximately 32 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The following units responded: Engine 5, Engine 6, Squad Engine 1, Ladder 2, Battalion 8C, Battalion 4, Deputy 2, F1, FM18, Ambulance PA1, New Castle County Paramedics, Wilmington PD, Wilmington License & Inspection, Delmarva Power.