Wilmington Fire Department Responds to a Two Alarm Fire at Gross' Lighting Center in Downtown Wilmington

Posted on  08/22/2013 5:07 pm

Today, more than 60 fire, police and emergency medical services personnel responded to a two-alarm fire at Gross’ Lighting Center, located at 201 W. 4th Street in downtown Wilmington.

Wilmington firefighters were dispatched to Gross’ Lighting Center at 11:40 a.m. A second alarm was issued at 11:51 a.m. Engine Company’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 25; Ladder’s 1, 2 and 3; Battalion Chief 3, Battalion Chief 7, and Battalion Chief 10; the Office of Emergency Management; several volunteer fire companies, New Castle County paramedics and the Wilmington Police Department worked collectively to control the fire and contain the scene.

Fire damage was confined to to Gross’ Lighting Center, however neighboring properties experienced minor smoke damage. At 2:45 p.m., Chief of Fire, Anthony S. Goode, declared the fire under control.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. As a precautionary measure, children at the Salvation Army child care center were evacuated to nearby Delaware Technical Community College and Kuumba Academy.

In June 2012, due to numerous violations of the City’s building code, Gross’ Lighting Center was condemned by the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Those violations include, but are not limited to: improperly maintained electrical facilities, loose and/or damaged asbestos, weakened floor, and unsafe structures and equipment.

The condemnation order required the building to remain closed and unoccupied until the noted violations were corrected, and a follow-up inspection conducted. According to the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the Gross’ Lighting Center is still under a condemnation order.

The fire is under investigation by the Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office.