60 firefighters batte
by Deputy Chief Jack
Anderson, Photos By T.J. Healy
In Holly Oak, Brandywine Hundred,
Delaware, on Friday, March 5, 2004 at 17:49 hours New Castle County Fireboard
dispatched Claymont Fire Company for a Building Fire at 303 E. Holly Oak
||Deputy Chief Jack Anderson of the Claymont
Fire Company and the first arriving engine (Engine 132) arrived at 1754
hours. Deputy Chief Anderson reported heavy fire from the second floor
of the 3-story Victorian apartment house. Engine 132 and 135 went to work
with an aggressive interior attack and search.
Talleyville Fire Company’s Engines 253
and Brandywine Hundred Fire Company’s Ladder 11 were the next to arrive.
Wilmington Fire Departments Battalion Chief Farren and Ladder 1 assisted
Claymont firefighters opening the roof area.
Additional units were requested to assist
in the operation, due to the intensity of the fire.
Over 60 firefighters from Claymont, Brandywine
Hundred, Talleyville, Wilmington Fire Department, Lower Chichester, Holly
Terrace Minquas Fire Companies brought the fire under control in less than
There were no injuries to firefighters
or civilians. The Red Cross was called to relocate 3 adults.
The fire was contained to heavy fire and
smokes damage on the 2nd floor side and rear, there was fire extension
into the attic area. Deputy Chief Anderson placed it under control at 1830
Fire units remained on scene until 2002
hours completing overhaul and assisting the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s
The cause and origin are under investigation
by the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office.