Woman rescued from Kimberton house fire
A firefighter and a resident were injured when a fire broke out in Kimberton on Monday morning.
The fire was reported at 10:09 a.m. in the end unit on Waltham Street. When crews arrived, they found a woman hanging out of the second floor rear window, said John H. Farrell, IV, a spokesman for Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company.
“The fire department simultaneously deployed hose lines to the front at the fire, and other firefighters extended a ladder to the rear second-floor bedroom and took the lady down the ladder,” Farrell said.
The woman, 38, was taken to Christiana Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. She is in critical condition.
An Aetna firefighter, 21, suffered minor burns to his shoulder and also was taken to Christiana Hospital. A cat, which was rescued from the property, was taken to a nearby animal hospital.
The fire was under control in 30 minutes, Farrell said. Aetna, along with mutual aid from Christiana Fire Company, Mill Creek Fire Company, Hockessin Fire Company and New Castle County paramedics, responded to the scene.
The residence is uninhabitable due to $150,000 in damage. The home did not have a working smoke detector, according to Michael G. Chionchio, assistant state fire marshal.
The fire began when the power cord to a portable space heater failed, igniting a couch in the living room of the home, Chionchio said.
Only one property is attached to the townhome that caught fire, and that house sustained smoke damage.
A fire broke out on Waltham Street in Kimberton on Monday morning. Crews had the fire under control in a half hour.