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 […]

Fire marshal’s office probe Milford house fire

MILFORD — A man is in serious condition after suffering smoke inhalation in a Sunday blaze. The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating the fire that heavily damaged a home in the unit block of Brandywine Road in the Shawnee Acres development, said Michael G. Chionchio, assistant state fire marshal. The Carlisle […]

Burger King blaze among busy night for Dover Fire Department

DOVER — An overnight grease fire caused approximately $3,000 damage to a Burger King in the city’s southside, but it could have been much worse. According to fire officials, a suppression system activated to douse the blaze before it spread further than the kitchen area. Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Scott Bullock said the fire — […]

Fire kills one, damages home near Milton

MILTON — The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal on Sunday investigated a morning fire that heavily damaged a house near Milton. One person was found deceased inside the burning home, Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio said. Mr. Chionchio said the blaze, reported shortly before 10 a.m., occurred in the 26000 block […]

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