Lewes home fire displaces family of five

LEWES — A family of five was displaced after a mobile home fire caused about $15,000 in damage, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal John M. Galaska said. The fire was reported shortly after 5 a.m. in the 17000 block of Evette Lane. The Lewes Fire Department arrived on the scene and found smoke and flames […]

Four displaced after Milford home fire

MILFORD — A family of four adults was displaced by a Saturday morning fire in the 300 block of South Walnut Street, authorities said. According to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio, the Carlisle Fire Company responded shortly after 4 a.m. Firefighters encountered an active blaze inside the three-story dwelling when they arrived on the […]

Investigation deems Smyrna house fire accidental

SMYRNA — The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that a Friday morning house fire was accidental. The Citizens’ Hose Company responded to the 300 block of Lake Drive shortly before 8 a.m. for a 911 call reporting the blaze, spokesman Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio said. Firefighters arrived on the […]

Two critically injured in Camden home fire

CAMDEN — Two residents were critically injured during a Saturday night house fire in the 7800 block of Westville Road, the Office of the State Fire Marshal said. The blaze was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m., spokesman Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio said. The Camden-Wyoming Fire Company arrived on the scene with smoke […]

Australia to pay ‘whatever it takes’ to fight wildfires

SYDNEY — Australia’s government said Monday it was willing to pay “whatever it takes” to help communities recover from deadly wildfires that have ravaged the country. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government was committing an extra 2 billion Australian dollars ($1.4 billion) toward the recovery effort in addition to the tens of millions of […]

Fireplace embers blamed for Odessa house fire

ODESSA — Embers from a fireplace ignited a fire at a home in the unit block of Canary Court in the Augustine Creek neighborhood Saturday evening. The fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. Saturday after flames were seen engulfing the exterior siding of the home, said Michael G. Chionchio, assistant state fire marshal. The family, […]

Commentary: Milford fire siren provides valuable aid to community

Milford residents, it has been brought to our attention once again that there are several complaints about our fire siren. While many residents have moved here from areas that did not have a fire siren, many of us have been raised with it. We have taken the time to explain why our whistle still blows […]

Letter to the Editor: Change your clocks, change batteries

Every fall, the Delaware State Fire School and your local Fire Department partners with Energizer working to remind people of the simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time. The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of […]

Wildfire erupts near Reagan library in Southern California

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — A new wildfire erupted Wednesday in wind-whipped Southern California, forcing the evacuation of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and nearby homes, as both ends of the state struggled with blazes, dangerously gusty weather and deliberate blackouts. The brush fire broke out just before dawn in the Simi Valley area north of […]

Ferocious winds fuel blazes throughout Northern California

SANTA ROSA, California — With ferocious winds driving multiple wildfires through bone-dry vegetation and nearly 200,000 people ordered to leave their homes, California’s governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday. Meanwhile, millions of residents remained without power after the state’s largest utility cut electricity as a precaution to prevent more areas from igniting. Gov. Gavin Newsom […]