Update: Firefighter Burned By Falling Debris, Six Families Displaced

Bear – This morning around 11:55 a.m. Christiana Fire/EMS was alerted to the area of 55 Paisley Lane in the St Andrews Townhouse Community for an “Outside Fire”, according to Christiana Fire Company Chief Richard Perillo.

Perillo said while responding the units were advised that the fire was now extending into the homes. Christiana Fire Engines and the Ladder Truck arrived within minutes to find two (2) townhomes on fire within the group of six (6).

A 2nd Alarm response was immediately requested as fire continued to spread to a third home within the group. Firefighters battled the blaze and stopped the spread of fire to neighboring units, according to Perrill. A fourth home did sustain smoke and water damage during the attempts to prevent further spread of fire. A 3rd Alarm was sounded as the fire continued to progress.

One firefighter from the first arriving Engine Company sustained burns to their neck from dropping debris while fighting the fire, said Perillo. “The Firefighter is expected to be released from the ER within the next few hours and will follow up with the Crozer Burn Center for further treatments.”, added Perillo.

Perillo advised that Fire Departments from across the County either assisted with fighting this fire or covered the areas while others worked to save lives and property.

No civilian injuries are reported and the Office of Emergency Management along with representatives from Red Cross are assisting the families from all six (6) homes were are displaced as a result of today’s fire. The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the Origin and Cause of today’s fire.


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