Shortly after 5:45 Wednesday evening, Wilmington Firefighters on the C platoon were alerted to a residential fire at 906 Linden Street.
Initial reports indicated heavy smoke from the rear of the residence. Upon the arrival of Engine 1, crews stretched a fire attack line to the rear of the residence and they encountered heavy fire from the rear porch area.
The crew made quick work extinguishing all visible fire and began checking for extension. Upon the arrival of additional crews from Ladder 1 and Ladder 2 crews began opening up the roofline to completely extinguish the fire. It was confirmed by crews that all occupants had escaped prior to fire department arrival.
The scene was placed under control at 6:50 by the Incident Commander, Battalion Chief Elizabeth Tickner. The residence sustained significant damage and was deemed uninhabitable by Wilmington Licenses & Inspection. The Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office responded to and is investigating the origin and cause of the fire. The Red Cross was notified to assist a total of three adults.
There sole occupant of the residence was first alerted to the fire by neighbors. The residence did not have working smoke detectors inside.
Approximately 28 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The following units responded: Engine 1, Engine 6, Engine 2, Squad 4, Ladder 1, Ladder 2, Battalion-1, Battalion-2, FM-13, St. Francis EMS, New Castle County Medics, Wilmington Licenses & Inspections, Delmarva Power & Gas, and the American Red Cross.
The Wilmington Fire Department reminds residences and visitors to the city, that smoke detectors save lives and are critical to home safety. The Wilmington Fire Department offers free smoke detectors and installation to any resident that owns a home in the city. The Smoke Alarm Hotline is (302) 571-4361 or visit www.wilmingtonde.gov/government/public-safety/wilmington-fire-department.
Additionally, the fire department would like to remind residents the importance of closing doors while you sleep and gone from the residence. For more information on close your door while you snooze https://closeyourdoor.org