Blaze dam­ages Ne­wark home

Bat­tery charger sparked flames in Not­ting­ham Green

Newark Post - - Front Page - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Fire dam­aged a home in the Not­ting­ham Green neigh­bor­hood Mon­day night, dis­plac­ing a fam­ily of five.

The fire broke out at 6: 40 p. m. in the 1000 block of Bay­lor Drive, said John H. Far­rell IV, a spokesman for Aetna Hose, Hook and Lad- der Co. The res­i­dents dis­cov­ered the fire, called 911 and had es­caped the house by the time fire­fight­ers ar­rived.

Far­rell said the blaze started in the base­ment and spread to the first floor of the two- story house.

Ap­prox­i­mately 35 fire­fight­ers and EMTs from Aetna, Chris­tiana Fire Com­pany, Mill Creek Fire Com­pany and West Grove (Pa.) Fire Com­pany worked for 25 min­utes to bring the fire un­der con­trol. New Cas­tle County Paramedics and the Univer­sity of Delaware Emer­gency Care Unit were also on scene.

One oc­cu­pant was eval­u­ated by paramedics, but no one was taken to the hospi­tal. The res­i­dents – two adults and three chil­dren – are stay­ing with fam­ily mem­bers, Far­rell said.

Chief Deputy Fire Mar­shal Robert L. Fox said the fire was sparked by a bat­tery charger for a re­mote­con­trolled car. The charger mal­func­tioned and ig­nited nearby com­bustible ma­te­ri­als in the base­ment.

Dam­age is es­ti­mated at $ 25,000, Fox said.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Fire­fight­ers work at the scene of a house fire in Not­ting­ham Green.

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