Two Homes Condemned After Trolley Square Fire

Wilmington – At 1:44 p.m on Sunday July 9, 2017 Wilmington Firefighters on the D platoon were dispatched to 1710 N. Broom Steet for a building fire, upon arrival of the District Battalion Chief a report was given of heavy smoke coming from the rear of a 3 story dwelling converted into 4 apartments, additionally during the initial size up it was determined that fire was showing from the third floor rear of the building with extension to the roof, according to Deputy Chief James Jobes.

Jobes said the incident commander Battalion Chief Elizabeth Tickner requested a second ladder for man power due to the dwellings location; the primary ladder was unable to access the building utilizing its hydraulic aerial due to overhead utility wires. Many ground ladders were thrown due to the size of the structure for firefighter safety and rescue purposes. An aggressive interior attack was conducted as the fire spread to the adjoining property via a shared flat roof requiring members of the ladder companies to cut holes in the roofing material to slow down the spread of the fire.

A primary and secondary search of 1708 and 1710 North Broom St. provided negative results for any fire victims. There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. The fire was placed under control around 2:03 p.m.

The Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the fire which is active an ongoing at this time. Wilmington License and Inspection condemned 1710 and the 3rd floor apartment of 1708 N. Broom St. There was no information regarding the number of families displaced at this time.

Approximately 28 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire, according to Jobes.

This is a more detailed update. First State Update first reported this story yesterday.

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