Morning House Fire In Wilmington Displaces Residents

Wilmington Fire Department
Wilmington Fire Department

Shortly after 10:30 this morning, Wilmington Firefighters on the D Platoon were alerted to a residential structure fire in the 1700 block of W.4th Street, according to Battalion Chief John M. Looney.

Looney said reports received by the 911 Center indicated a fire on the second floor. Upon arrival of Engine 6, Lieutenant Daniel Anderson gave an initial report of fire showing from the second floor rear of the dwelling.

With the initial reports the incident commander, Battalion Chief Dennis Kirlin, requested the fourth engine be dispatched to the fire scene. Firefighters from Engine 6 quickly advanced a hose line into the structure and contained the fire to the area of origin.

Simultaneously, crews from Ladder 1 and Squad 4 began a search of all levels of the structure and found no one inside. It was confirmed that all residents were outside upon fire department arrival.

Wilmington Fire Department

The dwelling sustained significant fire damage and was deemed uninhabitable by City of Wilmington Licenses & Inspections. Battalion Chief Kirlin placed the scene under control at approximately 11:20 am.

There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries and the resident are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. The Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office is on scene investigating the origin and cause of the fire.

Approximately 30 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The following units responded: Engine 6, Skyboom 2, Squad 4, Engine 1, Ladder 2, Battalion-1, Battalion-2, Deputy 2, Deputy 3, FM-13, St. Francis EMS, New Castle County Medics, Wilmington Licenses & Inspections, American Red Cross, and DP&L.


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