The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating Thursday afternoon’s house fire in Newark, Delaware that critically injured a man, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.
Chionchio said the blaze, reported shortly after 2:00 pm, occurred in the 900 block of Linfield Road in the Scottfield neighborhood. The Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company arrived on the scene with an active fire engulfing the front of the house.
An 80-year-old male resident of the home was rescued by an off-duty Claymont Fire Company Assistant Chief. The off-duty fireman, who happened to be nearby by when the call went out, was able to gain access to the home and pull the man into the front yard of the home.
Arriving EMS crews and New Castle County Paramedics treated the man for smoke inhalation and thermal burns before they transported him to the Christiana Hospital. He was later transferred to the Crozer Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania. He is in critical condition.
State Fire Marshal deputies are currently investigating where and how the fire started including how and why the victim was injured, said Chionchio. No smoke alarms were found inside the home.
Heavy fire damage was estimated at $150,000. The only other occupant was not home when the fire was discovered. There were no other reported injuries.
Newark – At around 2:30 this afternoon, firefighters from Aetna, House Hook, and Ladder, along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire, Mill Creek Fire Company – Stations 2&21, Minquas of Newport Vol. Fire Co., Cranston Heights Fire Company, Five Points Fire Company, Hockessin Fire Company – Station 19, Delaware City Volunteer Fire Company, No. 1, Inc., Station 15, and New Castle County Paramedics responded to the 900 block of Linfield Rd in the Scottfield development.
An off-duty Assistant Chief from the Claymont Fire Company was able to enter the home and rescue a victim from the 2nd floor. That patient was transported to the Christiana Hospital via Aetna ambulance
Fire Marshals are on scene investigating the blaze.
Christiana Fire Company Assistant Chief 6 Al Huelsenbeck
Aetna Chief Andrew Bowerson speaking with State of Delaware Fire Marshal, Bowerson had command.
Right Hockessin Fire Chief Quint Saienni, left Deputy Chief Randall Broadwater