The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating this morning’s fire in Wilmington, Delaware that heavily damaged a home, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.
Chionchio said the blaze, reported shortly before 4:00 am, occurred in the 400 block of Derby Way in the Brandywine Hunt neighborhood. The Talleyville Fire Company arrived on the scene with flames shooting from a house.
State deputy fire marshals were called to the scene to conduct the investigation. They are currently on the scene searching for the fire’s origin and cause. The fire also caused exposure damage to nearby homes. Chionchio said damage has been estimated at $400,000.
Five adults and one child fled from the home unharmed and no reported injuries.
First State Update
Josie Harris Robinson and her husband are both front-line shift workers in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She's a nurse and her husband, Aaron Robinson, is a Wilmington firefighter. They both had to scramble, with just six days notice, to figure out a new way of life when a required shift change took effect for firefighters on July 1. City firefighters have transitioned--against their will after losing the latest legal battle in an appeal to the Delaware Public Employee Relations Board--to a 24/48 shift. The shift requires them to work 24 straight hours and then have 48 hours off. They used to have 72 hours off.
"I'm expected to be at work at 7 a.m. ready for duty, and when I have to worry about whether my husband's actually getting off work on time or going to be ordered to work, or any variability, it makes it challenging for me to produce on my end and to keep my commitments as a nurse, and that's unacceptable. I just can't not show up for work...especially as a nurse. I'm expected to be there to take care of my patients," Harris Robinson told WDEL.
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