Wilmington fire ravages two-story rowhome, displaces three adults and one child

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Brandon Holveck - Delaware Online

Firefighters battled bright orange flames as dark gray clouds of smoke flowed out the top of a two-story Wilmington rowhome Friday afternoon.

The Wilmington Fire Marshal Office is investigating the cause of the fire, which displaced three adults and one child. 

Wilmington firefighters arrived at 2219 Jessup St., about two blocks off Vandever Avenue, at 3:26 p.m., according to Wilmington Fire Battalion Chief John M. Looney. The mid-block rowhome at the address had flames showing from the second story.

Crews used a hose from the outside and made an aggressive interior attack, Looney said. Firefighters found no one inside, Looney said.

Firefighters brought the fire under control at 4:08 p.m. The house suffered significant fire and smoke damage, and the adjacent homes sustained minor smoke damage. No injuries have been reported. The American Red Cross is providing aid to those displaced.

About 28 firefighters and emergency personnel arrived to the scene from more than a dozen companies.

The Wilmington Fire Department is reminding residents that free smoke detectors are available through a partnership with the American Red Cross. Contact the smoke alarm hotline at (302) 571-4361.


Additionally, the fire department is reminding residents of the importance of closing doors while you sleep and when you leave your home. For more information visit closeyourdoor.org.


Contact Brandon Holveck at bholveck@delawareonline.com or at (302) 324-2267. Follow on Twitter @holveck_brandon.


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