Flames tear through Wilmington home

January 17, 2009 8:02:07 PM PST
Flames tore into a house in New Castle just before 6:30 p.m. Saturday night.The fire occurred on the1400 block of West Second Street at a vacant three-story house.

No injuries were reported and firefighters made quick work of the blaze.

Firefighters quickly attacked the fire and searched the original fire building and the attached occupied home.

Two adjoining homes were damaged.

The vacant home sustained extensive fire damage to the rear section of the first floor.

The fire extended up the outside of the home and entered the attached home on the second floor. This home sustained extensive fire damage to the rear second floor bedroom. Five hoselines were required to extinguish the fire and ensure that it did not spread further. The fire was placed under control at 7:36 p.m.

Investigators are searching for the cause.

The American Red Cross was contacted to provide housing and assistance for four adults and 7 children that lived in the attached home.

Delmarva Power responded to secure the power to both homes. The Department of Public Works responded with a sand truck to help with the icy conditions created by the firefighting effort.

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