Delaware News

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Dogs saved, Wilmington home left uninhabitable following afternoon fire

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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Update: Assistant fire chief credited with saving swimmers in Bowers Beach

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.
WMDT-TV ABC 47 Salisbury

Increase in home fireworks use anticipated statewide as public displays are canceled

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.”
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

First responders swarm Bowers Beach area looking for missing swimmers

Numerous fire, police, paramedic and maritime agencies are searching for several swimmers who went missing in Murderkill River Tuesday afternoon, police said. First responders were called to South Bowers Road just before 3 p.m. after receiving reports that swimmers needed rescuing. Initial radio scanner traffic said one person was rescued and two others were missing, though Delaware State Police have not confirmed. The agency said only that swimmers were missing after "multiple individuals" went in the river. According to initial reports, dive teams were requested from Sussex and New Castle counties in Delaware and Wicomico County in Maryland. Information about the swimmers has not been released.
Delaware Online

Region: Dash In Delivers Personal Messages, Snacks to First Responders across Delaware, Maryland, Virginia

Dash In convenience stores delivered more than 2,500 personal messages and snacks to healthcare and first responder organizations across Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia through its Snack-O-Gram program. Dash In, a Wills Group company, La Plata, Md., operates more than 50 locations across the Mid-Atlantic region. It ranks No. 114 on CSP's Top 202 list of the largest c-store chains in the United States. The Dash In Snack-O-Gram program was created to show appreciation for local heroes who are keeping communities healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic, the company said. Through the month of May, Dash In customers were invited to participate in the Snack-O-Gram program by visiting, selecting a snack, and writing a note of appreciation for healthcare professionals and first responders.

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