A Wilmington home was left uninhabitable following an afternoon fire, officials announced Wednesday, though firefighters were able to save dogs located within the house.
According to the Office of Wilmington Fire Chief Michael Donohue, a structure fire at a residence in the 800 block of North Clayton Street around 12:20 p.m. on July 1, 2020, was contained to the room of origin thanks to an aggressive response upon firefighters' arrival.
There were no occupants located in the home, but the building sustained moderate fire damage and significant smoke damage. An adjacent home also sustained smoke damage.
The Wilmington Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the origin and cause of the fire and the city's License and Inspections deemed the home uninhabitable. There were no injuries reported.
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Delaware State Police say the bodies of two swimmers were found Wednesday morning near South Bowers but a local assistant fire chief is credited with saving two others.
According to officials, three men from out of state went swimming in the Murder Kill River on Tuesday afternoon but the tide changed and a strong current swept them out. The Assistant Chief of South Bowers Beach Fire Department Michael Hignutt and his cousin were fishing and heard people in distress. Hignutt says he had his radio on him, called for EMS and jumped in to save whoever he could.
“He finally calmed down when he figured I had him, one hand on him and his shorts and I rolled him into his back and told him to look to the sky and I’d get him in I said I don’t know you and you don’t know me but I got you,” says Hignutt.
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More people are expected to celebrate this 4th of July at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether that’s good news or bad depends on who you talk to.
Many Delawareans enjoy heading to a local public fireworks display as part of the holiday. But this year, those shows have been canceled, leaving many people to consider holding their own show at home instead.
And Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio says that’s something his office never recommends.
“There’s an inherent risk when you’re lighting something on fire and shooting it in the air, you know. You don’t know if it’s gonna catch on fire or if it’s gonna hurt somebody. There’s just too many risks to safely be able to do that.”