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July 17, 2004

Wilmington fire
By Michael R. Schaal 
photo by T.J. Healy II

Wilmington, DE, FD units were dispatched to 506 North Clayton Avenue for a report of house fire with a person still inside.

First arriving units found heavy fire and smoke coming from the first floor front windows of a 2 story, brick, middle of the row, single family dwelling. Fire crews made an aggressive attack to suppress the fire while other firefighters entered the first and second floor to search for the missing individual. 

After a thorough search of the residence, it was determined that no one was inside. The fire, which appeared to start on the first floor of the house of origin caused fire damage to the first floor, up the stairs, and part of the second floor. The remainder of the home suffered major smoke and heat damage. 

The homes on either side of the original; 504, suffered fire damage to the front porch and the first floor, and smoke damage to the remainder of the home, and 508, which suffered smoke damage. 

Approximately 30 firefighters brought the fire under control at 0740 hours. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters as a result of this alarm. 

The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation by the Wilmington Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office. The American Red Cross was requested to assist the displaced residents, 3 adults and 3 children, with lodging and necessities.


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