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 […]

Fire erupts as Californians hit with second round of blackouts

GEYSERVILLE, Calif. — A Northern California wildfire exploded in size early Thursday as dangerously windy weather prompted the state’s largest utility to impose electrical blackouts in an effort to prevent fire catastrophes. Authorities ordered all 900 residents of the community of Geyserville to evacuate after the fire in the Sonoma County wine region north of […]

Student arrested in Smyrna High bathroom fire

SMYRNA — No injuries were reported and a 15-year-old male student was arrested following an intentionally set bathroom fire inside Smyrna High late Monday morning, officials said. Just before 11 a.m., State Fire Marshal Chief Deputy spokesman Scott Bullock said, a student spotted smoke coming from a first floor bathroom stall and alerted staff. Staff […]

Fire destroys Middletown home

MIDDLETOWN — The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating a Sunday morning fire the destroyed a Middletown residence. The blaze, reported shortly after midnight, occurred in the 700 block of Idlewyld Drive in the Parkside development. The Volunteer Hose Company arrived on the scene and encountered the front of the house engulfed […]