Delaware News

Friday, April 3, 2020

Bear fire: One person in critical condition; cat rescued by first responders

One cat was rescued, two people were injured and three displaced from a house fire in a neighborhood off Salem Church Road in Bear. Multiple fire companies' engines started to fill the narrow streets of Boyer Drive after they got the call around 6 p.m., according to live call logs. Firefighters extinguished the flames in about 20 minutes. Afterward, firefighters were seen rescuing a cat while New Castle Paramedics checked for injuries. A 60-year-old woman was taken to Christiana Hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation and burns. She was listed in critical condition, the Delaware State Fire Marshal said in a release. Fire marshals also said a seven-year-old boy was taken to hospital for burns and listed in good condition. Fire marshals said the fire caused $150,000 in damage. The cause of this fire remains under investigation.
Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)

Two buildings condemned after accidental Dover fire

Two buildings were condemned and 24 residences rendered uninhabitable following a Thursday morning fire at Baytree Apartment Homes, officials said. No injuries were reported, according to Dover Fire Department Deputy Chief Michael O’Connor. Buildings D and E were heavily damaged and fire ran through a roof before spreading, Mr. O’Connor said. City Fire Marshal Jason Osika said the fire was caused accidentally. A Baytree Apartment Homes spokesperson who answered the phone said, “We are trying to do everything we can for the residents who were affected. “We are still gathering information at this time.” The spokesperson said one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments were involved. It was not immediately known how many residents were displaced.
Delaware State News

Delaware issues more stringent COVID-19 restrictions

As of Thursday morning, there were 368 coronavirus cases in Delaware. Eleven people have died, and 51 people are hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment. The most recent death, announced Wednesday, was an 84-year-old man from Sussex County who was hospitalized and had significant underlying health conditions. For the ninth time, Delaware Gov. John Carney has amended the state of emergency order he originally issued March 12. The new modification further limits public gatherings and orders businesses to take more steps to enforce social distancing at the workplace. “We will take action to enforce these restrictions if Delawareans, visitors, and businesses don’t comply voluntarily,” Carney said. “Our goal is to save lives. This is a serious situation and we need everyone to cooperate.” Under the new rules, businesses that are allowed to remain open must limit customers to no more than 20% of the store’s fire capacity.
Philadelphia Tribune

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Middletown trailer park fire ruled accidental

Two Middletown residents are being assisted by the Red Cross after fire damaged their mobile home April 1. The blaze happened in the 700 block of Cleaver Farms Road in the Villagebrook Trailer Park shortly after 9 a.m., said Delaware State Fire Marshal Chief Deputy Robert Fox. When firefighters from Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown arrived, they found a small fire in the kitchen which caused about $1,000 in damage. Two people were in the mobile home. One was treated for smoke inhalation at the residence and declined to go to the hospital, Fox said. The residents were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross of Delmarva. Fox said the fire started in the kitchen, caused by a leak in the gas line attached to the stove.
Middletown Transcript

Delawareans show their support to New Castle County health workers, first responders during coronavirus chaos

Amidst the coronavirus chaos, Delawareans are showing their support for first responders and health workers. In New Castle County, a group of about 40 nurses from Christina School District filled two vans and a truck with personal protective equipment to give to health professionals at hospitals throughout the state. "I wish we can do more," said Christina School District's Lead Nurse Karen A. Kleinschmidt said. A parent of a student in the district emailed the superintendent after hearing about doctors and nurses in the state who need more supplies. Nurses from Appoquinimink and Vo-Tech School Districts also donated personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to area nursing homes and healthcare providers, including Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online)

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