Working House Fire

Friday, April 3, 2020

Shortly after 9:00 pm last night, the DFD was alerted for a working house fire on Artis Dr. First arriving units found a single family dwelling with heavy smoke showing. The initial crew, a staffed duty crew, made entry through the front door where they encountered one of the occupants. She was pulled to safety and she relayed there was still another subject in the house. The crew re-entered the residence and was able to make contact with the second subject, he too was brought out to safety. Once all occupants were accounted for, the crew made their way to the seat of the fire in the basement. As additional resources arrived, additional hand-lines were placed in service. Vertical ventilation was achieved on the roof and primary and secondary searches were completed. Due to maneuverability and difficult conditions within the residence, crews had to briefly back out and an evacuation order was given. Once regrouped, crews were able to make their way back into the residence. Extensive overhaul was completed. The two occupants from the residence, as well as one firefighter were transported by Saint Francis EMS and the Kent County Department of Public Safety Medics to the ED for evaluation. The scene was turned over to the State FMO for investigation. We would like to thank the Camden,Hartly and Marydel VFC’s for their assistance on scene as well as Cheswold and Little Creek VFC’s for covering our district while we were on scene.