||In Delaware, Wilmington Fire Department
units were dispatched to 1408 West 3rd Streetat 0610 hours, to answer a
report from the resident at 1406 that smoke was coming from the house.
The reporting person was aroused by the
smoke detector in her residence. On arrival, units were faced with a heavy
smoke condition with a heavy fire condition showing from the first floor
in the rear of the residence. The fire building is described as a 2 story,
brick, middle of the row, single family dwelling. The initial fire building
suffered extensive damage to both floors, with extension to the dwelling
on either side.
|The dwelling at 1410 had fire damage from
the fire spreading through the wall, and the dwelling at 1406 suffered
smoke damage. The initial fire building and the house at 1410 were vacant
at the time of the fire and were partially boarded up. The rear of the
dwellings was accessible. 30 firefighters brought the blaze under control
at 0654 hours. Firefighters experienced difficulties in fighting the fire
due ice created by the cold weather and freezing temperatures. There were
no injuries to civilians or firefighters.
An investigation by the Wilmington Fire
Department Fire Marshal’s Office determined the fire to be Arson. The damage
to the home was placed at $40,000. There are no suspects. The vacant homes
were turned over to the Licenses and Inspection Division of the City and
they were to secure the residences.