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Ten Displaced By Wilmington House Fire Thursday Evening


At 6:10 on Wednesday evening Wilmington Firefighters on the C platoon were alerted to a residential structure fire at 806 North Broom Street, according to Battalion Chief John M. Looney

Looney Fire Department units arrived on scene to find smoke showing from three-story semi-detached multiple-unit dwelling. Crews from Engine 6 and Engine 1 immediately stretched fire attack hose and made an aggressive interior attack, finding fire conditions in a first-floor unit.

The incident commander, Battalion Chief John Hoban, arrived on scene and requested a fourth engine for the rapid intervention team (The RIT) assignment. The crew from Ladder 2 and Engine 5 performed searches of all floors, finding no one inside.

After approximately 30 minutes working, Battalion Chief Hoban was able to place the scene under control. Licenses and Inspections responded to the scene and deemed dwelling to be uninhabitable due to significant fire and smoke damage. The American Red Cross responded to provide aid for 10 displaced residents.

The Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office has currently investigated the origin and cause of the fire, said Looney.

There were no reports of any civilian or firefighter injuries.

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