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 […]

Firefighters respond to Rodney Village blaze

Firefighters respond to a residential blaze at 1562 Nathaniel Mitchell Road in Dover’s Rodney Village neighborhood early Thursday afternoon. The incident was reported to the Camden-Wyoming Fire Company at around 12:30 p.m. Dover and Magnolia fire companies also responded along with Kent County emergency service units and the Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal, […]

Three firefighters escape serious injury as fire engulfs Little Union Church

CHESWOLD — A fire that broke out shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday destroyed Little Union Church at 5083 West Denneys Road and sent three firefighters to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio. The injured firefighters were treated at Kent General and were all listed in good […]

Dover house trailer fire deemed an arson

  DOVER — A Thursday morning house trailer fire was being investigated as an arson, the Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal said later in the day. The blaze, reported shortly after 11 a.m., occurred in the unit block of East Pinewood Drive near South State Street, spokesman Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. […]

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

CHICO, Calif. — Volunteers in white coveralls, hard hats and masks poked through ash and debris Sunday, searching for the remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire before rains forecast this week complicate their efforts. While the predicted downpours could help tamp down blazes that have killed 77 people so far, they also […]

California town’s wildfire evacuation plan raises questions

MAGALIA, Calif. (AP) — Ten years ago, as two wildfires advanced on Paradise, residents jumped into their vehicles to flee and got stuck in gridlock. That led authorities to devise a staggered evacuation plan — one that they used when fire came again last week. But Paradise’s carefully laid plans quickly devolved into a panicked […]

Delaware firefighters travel to Northern Rockies to battle blazes

SMYRNA — The best part of it all for Delaware Forest Service Fire Program Director Kyle Hoyd is not when he dispatches firefighters from Delaware to distant regions across the country to battles blazes, but rather, when they come home. That’s when he knows his group has returned safely and is back with their families […]