Delaware News

Friday, February 21, 2020

Fire at tent encampment in Stanton where four died

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office was called out to investigate a fire at the same homeless encampment where four people were found dead on Tuesday. Mill Creek firefighters were called out to the woods off the intersection of Route 7 and Telegraph Road just before 10 Wednesday night, February 19, 2020 for a reported brush fire. The fire itself was contained to a small area but was centered at the spot where the four were found deceased inside a tent. The victims were identified as 62-year-old Joseph Messick and 36-year-old Sydney Messick, who were uncle and nephew, respectively, along with 36-year-old Avelina Demato and 33-year-old Timothy Cunningham. Delaware State Police and EMS were called to the original scene around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19, 2020.
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Wilmington fire union loses battle for historic firehouse

Wilmington City Council on Thursday narrowly approved selling a historic city firehouse to a local doctor to convert into his personal home, ending a campaign from the city firefighters' union to acquire the property. Last year, the council voted to approve giving the firehouse to the union, over the objections of Mayor Mike Purzycki's administration, which had chosen a bid from the developer Montchanin Group to purchase it for $315,000. Montchanin had planned to convert the firehouse into six apartments. The plan drew opposition from neighbors, who supported the firefighters' proposal to turn the building into a museum showcasing Wilmington Fire Department history. The firehouse on Gilpin Avenue in the Forty Acres neighborhood has been vacant since it closed in 2015.
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Obituary: John W. Raughley, Retired Dover City Fire Marshal

John W. Raughley passed away on Feb. 16, 2020 in Milford Place Assisted Living. John was born on May 27, 1931 to the late Clarence M. and Eva B. Raughley. He graduated from Harrington High School in 1950 and was drafted into the Army soon afterwards. He was trained to be a fireman and served in Alaska. After the Army, he worked for the State Dept. of Motor Vehicles. John joined the Dover Air Force Base in the Civil Service Fire Dept. and ended after 25 years as the Assistant Fire Chief. He then joined the City of Dover and was a Fire Inspector, the Deputy Fire Marshal and retired as the City Fire Marshal with 16 years of service. He also served as the Fire Chief at the Dover Downs International Speedway. He was a member of the Dover Volunteer Fire Company/Robbins Hose Company Station 46 for over 60 years, holding many positions there. John's entire life revolved around being in the Fire Service and he loved his work.
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