Cranston Heights – At 8:02 pm, Monday evening, February 18, 2019 firefighters from the Cranston Heights Fire Company responded to a house fire in the 3400 block of Clayton Avenue in Wilmington, just behind their station.
While en route crews learned that a 911 caller reported that the second floor of the house was on fire before hanging up.
Upon their arrival crews reported smoke showing from the home. Moments later Cranston Heights Command received word that a child was still in the home. Seconds later Dispatch reported that New Castle County Police Officers were trying to pull someone from the back of the home.
A member of Rescue 14, already inside the home, alerted Command that they had one subject from the home. EMS was told to report to the front yard. An additional ambulance was then requested.
As events continued to unfold, County Police reported that a male adult was telling them that no children were left in the home.
Interior crews reported that the primary and secondary searches for victims were met with negative results. Command ordered a third search due to the conflicting reports.
After about ten minutes into the incident, Command reported that crews searched of all three floors of the home and the child was not inside.
County Medics later reported to Command that no children were in the home and that one adult male was being evaluated at the scene and would likely be transported.
At 8:22 Cranston Heights Command reported the incident under control.