Woman Hospitalized After Jumping Three Stories During House Fire


On Monday afternoon at 12:32 Wilmington Firefighters on the B platoon were alerted to a residential house fire in the 500 block of E. 35th Street, according to Battalion Chief John M. Looney.

Looney said Engine 3 under command of Lieutenant Jeffrey Lindell arrived on scene to find heavy fire conditions on the first floor of a two-story middle of the row dwelling.

Lieutenant Lindell immediately requested an additional engine company for assistance. Crews made an aggressive fire attack and simultaneously searched the residence for any occupants. The fire was confined to the first-floor living room with moderate extension to the second floor.

The residents of the neighboring houses were evacuated until the fire was placed under control. Two adult females had exited the structure prior to Fire Department arrival by jumping from a second-floor rear window, the equivalent of a third-floor window. One female victim was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center with burns to hands and legs. The other female victim was transported to Christiana ER for evaluation.

The scene was placed under control at 12:55PM by the Incident Commander, Battalion Chief Dennis Kirlin. The residence sustained significant smoke and fire damage. The Wilmington Fire Marshal’s Office responded to and is investigating the origin and cause of the fire. Red Cross was contacted to provide temporary housing for displaced occupants.

Approximately 30 fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The following units responded: Engine 3, Squad 4, Engine 2, Engine 1, Ladder 1, Battalion-1, Battalion-2, Battalion-12, Deputy 3, Deputy 4, FM-18, FM- 22, St. Francis EMS, New Castle County Medics, Wilmington Licenses & Inspections, and Delmarva Power.


Just after 12:30, this afternoon firefighters with the Wilmington Fire Department along with rescue crews from St Francis and NCC Medics respond to the 500 Block of E 35th Street for reports of a house fire.

Upon their arrival, crews reported fire showing from the home and began their attack on the fire. As the fire raged smoke filled the northeast Wilmington sky.

At least one person was injured during the fire. An elderly woman jumped from a third-story window, according to reports from the scene. She received burns to her extremities and was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania.

Reports of additional patients have not been confirmed.

This is a Developing Story.

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