Maydays and Injured Firefighters in Delaware Blaze

NEW CASTLE, Delaware ( – Thick, white smoke poured out of a home near New Castle early Thursday morning and responding crews knew it was going to be a big fire. 

Initial crews headed into the home on Bunker Hill Road in below-freezing temperatures and that’s when the first “mayday” was called. 

Three firefighters were inside and there was a structural collapse, said J.J. Farnan of the Good Will Fire Company. 

They were blocked from their entrance, but a team of firefighters helped them out of the fire that was quickly consuming the entire home, and a second mayday was called. 

The fire was deemed too dangerous to fight inside, so crews attacked the fire from the outside, Farnan said. 

Four more firefighters were injured while battling the blaze from all sides and enduring the freezing cold. For more than 2 hours, crews kept water on the two-alarm fire. 

Four of the seven injured men were hospitalized, and released with minor injuries, Farnan said. One was treated for smoke inhalation and released, the fire marshal’s office said.

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fmartinjr – Unit block of Bunker Hill Road for a house. Interior crews once inside conducting a fire fight,reported collapsing of floor 1 into the basement. Known at this time,is only minor injuries to departmental members. Outdoor temperature reading at the time of this alarm was 5 degrees.

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