Daily Dispatch: Delaware News
Woman in Critical Condition After Fire in Smyrna
Sun, 20 May 2018 14:53:43 -0700
A 62-year-old woman is in critical condition after a fire at her home Sunday afternoon. According to the Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal, the fire broke out at around 1 p.m. on the 500 block of West Commerce Street. When firefighters from the the Citizens Hose Company arrived, they discovered an active fire on the second floor.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2018 2:53:43 PM - SOURCE: WBOC-TV CBS 16 Salisbury
Column: Managing data collection to aid first responder decision making
Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
In the public service sector, we must increase accountability and the accuracy of our decisions. Now, there are more information management systems available to first responders, as well as an increase in the education levels of both municipal administrators and emergency service executives. But how much accuracy in data-driven decision making and data collection is sufficient? One of the areas under debate in emergency services is incident triage.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firerescue1
Overnight fire heavily damages home near Lums Pond in New Castle County
Thu, 17 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that heavily damaged a home off Summit Bridge Road south of Glasgow. The blaze on Airdrie Drive was reported around 4:15 Thursday morning, May 17, 2018. Aetna of Newark Fire Chief Andrew Bowerson says when firefighters arrived they found smoke filling the residence and eventually had to “chase” the source and extension of the flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDEL 1150AM & WDEL.com
Man allegedly stole $90K in property from fire victims in Bear
Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Authorities say a Delaware man stole nearly $90,000 worth of property from apartments vacated after fire damage. The News Journal reports that residents of the Village of Canterbury Apartments returned May 10 to collect their possessions, two days after a fire burned a third-floor apartment and caused extensive water damage throughout the building.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPVI TV
Pike Creek area fire under investigation
Mon, 14 May 2018 14:37:20 -0700
The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of a fire at the Walden Townhomes near Pike Creek Monday, May 14, 2018. Firefighters were called to Solitude Way just after 3:30 p.m. Arriving Mill Creek firefighters reported smoke coming from one of the residences. It took firefighters from a half dozen companies about a half hour to extinguish the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2018 2:37:20 PM - SOURCE: WDEL 1150AM & WDEL.com
Wilmington Fire Department rescues injured worker on ship at Port of Wilmington
Sat, 12 May 2018 17:43:44 -0700
An injured worker on a ship at the Port of Wilmington was rescued by Wilmington firefighters Saturday. A report of an injured worker on a ship in Berth 6 came in around 12:15 p.m. Saturday, city fire officials said. Rescuers lowered a type of stretcher called a Stokes basket 35 feet below decks so they could hoist the worker out of the vessel.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2018 5:43:44 PM - SOURCE: WDEL 1150AM & WDEL.com
Lightning sparks Mill Creek apartment fire
Sat, 12 May 2018 20:31:09 -0700
Dawn DiIenno of Mill Creek said she heard a huge crack Saturday night and saw a light that lit up the whole house. She ran upstairs to make sure her roof wasn't on fire. "I knew just by the sound something was on fire," DiIenno said. "I have never heard that before." The National Weather Service said lightning struck the area of Arundel Apartments at 7:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2018 8:31:09 PM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
Four people forced out by a house fire in Wilmington
Fri, 11 May 2018 12:59:25 -0700
An early morning house fire in Wilmington forced four people out into the street. The blaze at 22nd and Locust streets was reported just after midnight on Friday, May 11, 2018. Arriving Wilmington firefighters had smoke coming from the basement of the home. The flames were darkened down in about a half an hour but not before causing enough damage to make the home uninhabitable.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2018 12:59:25 PM - SOURCE: WDEL 1150AM & WDEL.com
Column: When to replace your firefighter turnout gear
Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700
Here’s a thought to add to the current discussions and emphasis on cleaning firefighting PPE and on-scene decontamination following structural firefighting. What if we could get firefighters to think of their PPE, not as equipment or clothing, but rather as their protective exoskeleton? We’re placing an increasing importance on collecting data about firefighter exposures to the chemical and toxic hazards present during structural firefighting, right? Now what kind of data collection is your department doing for the exoskeleton that’s far more exposed to the same chemical and toxic hazards as the firefighter inside? Here’s why your department should be examining exposure to PPE – there’s much more to the decision to retire a set of turnout gear than just its age and appearance.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firerescue1
Milford fire claims home, leaves man, dog unscathed
Wed, 09 May 2018 16:55:16 -0700
Robert Cartwright and his dog Coco were heading inside for a drink when he opened the door and saw his home was filled with smoke. As firefighters busted out the windows of Cartwright's single-story home on Abbott's Pond Road Wednesday afternoon, the Milford man tried to figure out what had gone wrong.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2018 4:55:16 PM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
Obituary: Former Carlisle Fire Chief Marvin B. Hitch
Wed, 09 May 2018 13:38:48 -0700
On May 7, 2018, Marvin B. Hitch passed away at Delaware Hospice. Mr. Hitch was born on Nov. 21, 1921, in Milford, to the late Roscoe and Reba Hitch. Mr. Hitch honorably served our country in the Army and the Army reserves, achieving the rank of Sergeant Major. Marvin was employed at Rumpstich, Brown P.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2018 1:38:48 PM - SOURCE: Delaware State News
Bear blaze displaces families, prompts animal rescue
Tue, 08 May 2018 19:38:05 -0700
Sam Prosceno saw Tess Vandermale standing on the stairs shouting as heavy black smoke poured out of the roof of her unit in the Village of Canterbury Apartments in Bear. "She was screaming that her dogs were still inside," Prosceno said. Christiana Fire Company and assisting companies responded to a fire in the building at the 5000 block of Byron Court at 5:40 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2018 7:38:05 PM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
3 Explosive Devices Found Inside Newark Home
Wed, 09 May 2018 05:24:43 -0700
Three explosive devices have been found in a Delaware home. Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chinchio says the Delaware State Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit removed the devices and rendered them safe Tuesday. Police were called to the Newark home around 10 a.m. on a suspicious device call.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2018 5:24:43 AM - SOURCE: WBOC-TV CBS 16 Salisbury
Barbershop fire causes severe damage in downtown Milford
Tue, 08 May 2018 05:42:24 -0700
Damage is estimated at a couple hundred thousand dollars after a fire broke out at a barbershop early Tuesday morning in downtown Milford. Around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, crews with the Carlisle Volunteer Fire Company received reports of a working alarm fire at a commercial-residential building on Northwest Front Street in downtown Milford.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2018 5:42:24 AM - SOURCE: Delaware 105.9 FM
Wilmington: Man injured when elevator carriage suddenly drops as much as 8 feet
Mon, 07 May 2018 13:59:34 -0700
A man was injured Monday when the elevator he was riding dropped 6 to 8 feet, Wilmington firefighters said. Firefighters were dispatched to a downtown office building in the 800 block of North King Street about 10 a.m. for a report of an elevator falling an unknown number of floors. Arriving firefighters were able to determine one passenger was in the elevator and that the elevator fell approximately 6 to 8 feet, said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2018 1:59:34 PM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
Firefighters use donated home near Bear to practice saving victims, extinguish flames
Sat, 05 May 2018 17:44:50 -0700
Passersby and drivers saw smoke billowing from miles away Saturday. When approaching Walther Road and Old Baltimore Pike, near Bear, they found a home burning while firefighters stood around to watch the flames engulf the home. Homeowners gave the Christiana Fire Company permission to use the land for training, in lieu of demolition of the house and several storage sheds.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2018 5:44:50 PM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
Christiana Fire Company ambulance crashes while transporting patient
Thu, 03 May 2018 18:17:28 -0700
A Christiana Fire Company ambulance collided with a car Thursday while taking a patient to the hospital for a medical emergency. The crash occurred at the intersection of Salem Church Road and East Chestnut Road in Newark around 3:15 p.m., said Fire Chief Rich Perillo, but the cause of the accident is still unknown.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2018 6:17:28 PM - SOURCE: Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)
Fire in Odessa sparked by cigarette thrown into mulch bed out front of home
Thu, 03 May 2018 15:29:43 -0700
An Odessa house fire which caused $250,000 in property damages Thursday afternoon was ruled accidental that same day, according to the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office. Authorities said a home in the 900 block of Lansdowne Road in the Will Grove Mill Townhouse community caught fire just after 1 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2018 3:29:43 PM - SOURCE: WDEL 1150AM & WDEL.com
Wilmington family displaced after fire damages top floor of their East Side home
Fri, 04 May 2018 05:58:35 -0700
A family of three was left temporarily homeless after a damaging fire rolled through their home in Wilmington on Thursday night. City fire officials reported that "B platoon" firefighters were alerted to the structure fire, reported at 936 Kirkwood Street, shortly after 9 p.m., on May 3, 2018. Arriving units, who found fire showing from the second floor rear of the row home, confirmed that all of the occupants made it out of the residence.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2018 5:58:35 AM - SOURCE: WDEL 1150AM & WDEL.com
Houston Fire Damages Commercial Building
Wed, 02 May 2018 12:42:00 -0700
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled a commercial building fire in Houston as accidental in nature. Fire officials say the fire was reported shortly before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Paris Foods facility in the 1100 block of Pine Street. The fire was discovered by workers inside the building who called 911 to report it.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2018 12:42:00 PM - SOURCE: WBOC-TV CBS 16 Salisbury

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