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|March 1, 2004
Wilmington DE fatal fire
By Captain Michael R.
Schaal, Photos by T. J. Healy II
On Saturday, the Wilmington Fire Department
Fire Department units responded to 903 W. 24th Street after several calls
reporting a house fire. First arriving companies reported heavy fire showing
from the front of a two story, masonry, duplex style, occupied, single
family dwelling. While responding, firefighters were advised that there
was possibly a subject trapped in the residence.
||Firefighters made an aggressive attack
on the fire while others conducted a search for the reported occupant.
One victim was found on the second floor of the residence.
The unconscious victim was removed from
the house, treated at the scene by EMS personnel and Paramedics and then
transported to the Wilmington Hospital.
Attempts to revive the victim were unsuccessful.
||The elderly victim was pronounced dead
at 0030 hours. The victimís identity is being withheld until relatives
can be notified.
The fire appears to have started in the
front of the house on the second floor. It does not appear that there were
any working smoke detectors in the residence.
Thirty firefighters fought to bring the
fire under control at 0008 hours. There were no other injuries to civilians
|The cause and origin of the fire are under
investigation by the Wilmington Fire Department, Fire Marshalís Office.