Blaze dam­ages univer­sity build­ing

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­

Fire ripped through a Univer­sity of Delaware main­te­nance build­ing Tues­day night, in­jur­ing one fire­fighter and clos­ing the build­ing in­def­i­nitely.

The fire broke out around 6:15 p.m. in the plant op­er­a­tions com­plex at 200 Acad­emy St. ac­cord­ing to John H. Far­rell IV, a spokesman

for Aetna Hose Hook and Lad­der Com­pany. Fire­fight­ers ar­rived to find heavy smoke pour­ing from of­fices on the sec­ond floor.

The of­fices had no win­dows or doors, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to ac­cess the fire.

“Crews mak­ing their way to the fire area through in­te­rior stairs were met by blast fur­nace type con­di­tions, since the heat and smoke had no open­ings to the out­side,” Far­rell said. “Ver­ti­cal ven­ti­la­tion by lad­der com­pa­nies was slowed due to the fact the nor­mal roof ma­te­rial was cov­ered in slate.”

The cold tem­per­a­tures out­side com­pli­cated the ef­fort, as wa­ter sprayed on the fire quickly froze on side­walks and streets.

Ap­prox­i­mately 100 fire­fight­ers and EMTs from a dozen fire depart­ments in New Cas­tle County, Ce­cil County, Md., and Ch­ester County, Pa., re­sponded to the two-alarm fire.

Fire­fight­ers brought the blaze un­der con­trol in ap­prox­i­mately two hours and con­tin­ued work­ing at the scene for an­other hour.

One Aetna fire­fighter was taken to Christina Hos­pi­tal for non-life-threat­en­ing in­juries, Far­rell said.

UD of­fi­cials said the staff mem­bers who work in the build­ing will be re­as­signed to tem­po­rary space while the dam­age is re­paired.

The cause of the fire is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.


Fire­fight­ers work to put out a fire in a Univer­sity of Delaware build­ing lo­cated at 200 Acad­emy St.

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