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Tenants Displaced After Afternoon House Fire

Wilmington – At 12:17 p.m. this afternoon, July 5, 2017, Wilmington Firefighters on the D-Platoon were dispatched to 1217 Pleasant Street for a reported house fire. On arrival the incident commander (Battalion Chief Michael Harris) advised of smoke showing from a 2nd floor bedroom, according to Deputy Chief James Jobes.

Jobes said arriving units made quick work of a 2nd floor bedroom of an unoccupied dwelling. A primary and secondary search of the residence was conducted with no persons or animals being located. The fire was placed under control at 12:29 p.m.

No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. The tenants, who were in the process of getting the electric turned on in the vacant building were displaced due to fire damage and no working electricity, but did not require Red Cross the building owner and occupant were working together for housing arrangements. Wilmington Fire Marshal’s conducted a fire scene investigation and the fire is currently still under investigation, said Jobes.

Approximately 25 Fire and EMS personnel responded to this incident. The following units responded Engine 1, Squad 4, Engine 6, Ladder 2, Battalion 1, Battalion 2, St. Francis EMS, New Castle County Medics, Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office, Wilmington License and Inspection, and Delmarva Power.

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