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Two Firefighters Injured During Wilmington House Fire Friday


At 7:28 Friday morning, Wilmington Firefighters on the A-platoon were alerted to a residential structure fire at 213 W. 24th Street, according to Battalion Chief John Looney.

Looney said Fire Department units arrived on scene to find heavy fire showing from the first floor of a two-story semi-detached dwelling. Crews from Squad 4, and Squrt 3 immediately stretched fire attack hose and made an aggressive interior attack, finding fire conditions on the first and second floors.


The incident commander, Battalion Chief Elizabeth Tickner, arrived on scene and requested a fourth engine for the rapid intervention team assignment and an additional Ladder company to assist with rooftop ventilation. The fire extended to the attic area of the dwelling.

The crew from Ladder 1 and Engine 5 performed searches of all floors, finding no one inside. Firefighters removed a person from the adjacent dwelling who was found in the basement. One person was transported by St. Francis EMS to Wilmington ER for an illness unrelated to the fire.


Two firefighters were injured while actively combating the fire. Both were subsequently transported to St. Francis ER by on-scene EMS for examination and treatment. Looney said that there are no further details to report regarding their injuries.

The scene was placed under control at 8:40 AM by Battalion Chief Tickner. The dwelling sustained significant fire and smoke damage. The dwelling was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The adjacent dwelling suffered minor smoke damage. The Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigated the origin and cause of the fire. Wilmington Licenses and Inspections responded and determined the dwelling to be uninhabitable.

Approximately 28 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The following units responded: Squad 4, Squrt 3, Engine 5, Skyboom 2, Ladder 1, Ladder 2, Battalion-1, Battalion-2, Battalion 12, Deputy 2, Deputy 3, Deputy 5, F-9, FM-18, ATF-3, St. Francis EMS, New Castle County Medics, Wilmington Licenses & Inspections, and Delmarva Power.

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