Blaze dam­ages Brook­side home

No in­juries re­ported in ac­ci­den­tal fire

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By BROOKE SCHULTZ [email protected]­pub.com

A res­i­den­tial fire in Brook­side broke out early Tues­day morn­ing, ren­der­ing the home un­in­hab­it­able, of­fi­cials said.

The blaze was re­ported at 1:41 a.m. in the unit block of Koll­man Drive, ac­cord­ing to John Far­rell IV, a spokesman for Aetna Hose, Hook & Lad­der Com­pany.

The over­hang­ing por­tion of roof on the front of the one-story sin­gle-fam­ily home was on fire, with “heavy smoke com­ing from all other areas of the home” when Deputy Chief Steve De­bold ar­rived at the scene, Far­rell said.

Chief Deputy Robert Fox with the State Fire Mar­shal’s Of­fice said the fire was caused by dis­carded smok­ing ma­te­rial and was ruled ac­ci­den­tal. Dam­ages are ap­prox­i­mately $20,000.

In ad­di­tion to Aetna, the Chris­tiana Fire Com­pany, Mill Creek Fire Com­pany, Cranston Heights Fire Com­pany, Min­quas Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, Univer­sity of Delaware Emer­gency Care Unit and New Cas­tle County Paramedics re­sponded to the fire.

As crews worked to get the fire un­der con­trol, fire­fight­ers searched the home for vic­tims.

Far­rell said that one man was at the scene. The rest of the fam­ily was not at the home dur­ing the fire.

Fox said that Red Cross as­sisted the man at the scene.

There were no civil­ian or fire­fighter in­juries. In just over two hours, the fire was un­der con­trol, Far­rell said.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF DAVE WIL­SON

The fire broke out early Tues­day morn­ing, dam­ag­ing a sin­gle-fam­ily home in Brook­side.

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