Fire Marshal Updates Two Alarm WSFS Bank Fire, $500K In Damages


The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that last night’s Building fire in Hockessin was accidental, according to Chief Deputy Robert Fox.

Fox said the Hockessin Fire Company was alerted to a fire at the WSFS building in the 7400 block of Lancaster Pike in Hockessin shortly before 11:00 PM. Upon the arrival of the Fire Department, they found heavy fire conditions coming from the roof area of the building. The Incident Commander called for a second alarm, which brought multiple units to the scene to assist.

Deputies from the State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene and determined that the fire originated on the second floor and was caused by a malfunction in the HVAC unit.

No one was injured in the fire that caused approximately $500,000 dollars in damages to the WSFS bank and The Arthur Hall Insurance Company.

Breaking Reports

Hockessin – At around 10:40 Sunday evening, firefighters from the Hockessin Fire Company were dispatched to the WSFS bank, located at 7450 Lancaster Pike, for reports of a commercial structure fire.

Upon their arrival, crews reported fire showing from the roof. As crews began their attack on the fire they reported that the fire was running the eaves of the building.

Firefighters that entered the building reported fire on the second floor. As crews worked to knock the fire down they once again reported fire shooting through the roof.

At around 40 minutes into the fire, Hockessin Command struck a second alarm to bring additional manpower to the scene.

Additional crews from the Cranston Heights, Minquas, Talleyville, Belvedere, Mill Creek, Christina, Aetna HH&L, Claymont, NCC Paramedics, and Chester County, Pennsylvania either responded to the scene to assist with the fire or provided area coverage.

Fire Marshals, County Police and State Troopers also responded to the fire.

Lancaster Pike was shut down in the area while crews worked to bring the fire under control.

This is a developing story.

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