House Fire in Wilmington

Posted on  06/06/2014 3:21 pm

DATE: JUNE 6, 2014
TIME: 11:00 A.M.

This morning at 11:21 a.m., Wilmington firefighters on the C-Platoon were dispatched to the 800 block of North Van Buren Street for a report of smoke coming from the second floor of a house. First arriving Battalion Chief John Hoban reported heavy smoke showing from the second floor of a three story middle of the row single family dwelling. Battalion Chief Hoban quickly added additional Fire Department units to the incident. The on scene units began an aggressive interior fire attack and found that the fire had extended from the rear of the original fire building to the adjacent dwelling. Both dwellings suffered major damage and are not able to be occupied.

All of the on duty companies were committed to this fire for an extended period of time. Additional members were called back to place companies back in service. Meanwhile, Holloway Terrace and Five Points Fire Companies covered the city with an Engine and a Ladder Company.

The fire was placed under control at 12:09 p.m. by the Incident Commander, Chief Anthony Goode. At the time of this release, units continue to operate on the fire ground and traffic around the fire grounds remains detoured.

One firefighter sustained a non-life threatening injury and was treated and released from Christiana Hospital. No civilian injuries were reported. The original fire building sustained significant fire damage and the adjacent dwelling sustained both smoke and fire damage. All buildings are being evaluated by the Wilmington Department of License & Inspections. Displaced residents of the damaged units are being provided housing by the American Red Cross.

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 50 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fireground. The following units responded: Squad Engine 1, Engine 2, Squad Engine 3, Squrt 4, Engine 5, Engine6, Ladder 1, Tower Ladder 2, Battalion 3, Battalion 6, Battalion 10, Deputy 2, F1, F7, FM11, FM12, FM14, FM-20, FM-22, Ambulance PA1, Ambulance PA3, Ambulance PA5, New Castle County Paramedics, Wilmington PD, Wilmington License & Inspection and Delmarva Power.