One Dead, Two Firefighters Injured In New Castle House Fire

The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating this morning’s fire in New Castle, Delaware.  One person was found deceased inside the home.

The blaze, reported shortly before 10:00 am, occurred in the 1000 block of Old Forge Road in the Meadows of Wilton near Wilton Boulevard.  The Christiana Fire Company arrived on the scene with flames shooting from the two-story townhouse. Firefighters found one person deceased inside the burning house.  

State fire investigators are currently on the scene conducting the investigation.  The Delaware Division of Forensic Science will conduct an autopsy tomorrow on the victim.

Heavy fire damage to three townhouse units was estimated at $200,000.  Two firefighters suffered injuries during the fire. One was transported with an ankle injury. A second firefighter was injured suffering burns to his hand and head.  He is in good condition at the Christiana Hospital. 

This fire remains under investigation.


Breaking Live Report

Firefighters from the Christiana Fire Company, along with crews from across New Castle County are responding to the Meadows At Wilton Townhouses on Old Forge Road in Bear for reports of a fire with subjects trapped.

Upon arrival, crews are reporting fire showing. Command has struck a second alarm.

Crews reporting fire on the first and second floor.

All EMS crews have been ordered to the front of the building.

Crews reporting heavy fire on the second floor.

Dispatch is reporting that the equivalent of a third alarm is on scene.

All visible fire knocked down. Smoke coming from the attic.

One patient is being treated. The primary search for additional patients has resulted in negative results.

Crews are reporting a partial collapse in the floor. No injuries just a warning to other crews.

One firefighter has been transported to the hospital due to a minor foot injury. Not associated with the collapse in the floor.

The fire has been placed under control. Crews remain on scene.

The mobile command unit has arrived on scene.


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Units Responding

31B3 31B9 32B8 33B1 33B9 34B1 ALS16 ALS31 CK92 EMS2 ENG12 ENG15 ENG23 ENG29 ENG32 FLDCOM1 G392 LAD13 LAD17 LAD18 LAD21 LAD28 M5C M6C MEDCOM N138C N217 N296 N98 NA12 NA20 NA32 NB12 NC12 NCOM12 NCOM3 NE12 NE15 NE6 NE9 NL12 NL13 NL17 NL18 NL28 NR14 NRE12 NSQD23 PA200 RES12 RES14 SFM2 SFM21 SFM29 STA1


Correction: An earlier version of the article state that the fire was in Bear.

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