Two Reported Trapped In Newark House Fire Early Saturday



Newark – Just after 3:45 this morning, Saturday, March 7, 2020 firefighters from Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder were dispatched to the 100 block of Delaplane Avenue for reports of a house fire with possible entrapment.

First to arrive, Aetna ambulance personal reported fire showing from the home. As firefighters from across New Castle County responded to the fire they were told that a neighbor was reporting that two subjects may be in the home.

As firefighters arrived on scene they reported fire showing from the roof and began their attack on the blaze.

Shortly after crews made entry to the home they reported that the roof had either collapsed or was in danger of collapsing and that fire was throughout the second floor.

As crews advanced and worked to knock the fire down they simultaneously searched the interior of the home for the possible victims.

As crews gained control of the fire they reported that primary search for occupants came up clear. A secondary search confirmed that no one was in the home.

Just before 4:50 Command placed the fire under control with units working to mop up hot spots.

New Castle County Paramedics, along with crews from the Christiana, Cranston Heights, Mill Creek, Delaware City, and Hockessin Fire Companies responded to assist at the fire scene or with cover-up assignments.

State fire investigators are currently on the scene searching for the fire’s origin and cause, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio. Heavy fire damage was estimated at $25,000.


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