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Cheswold Vol. Fire Co.
371 Main St.
P.O. Box 186
Cheswold, DE 19936

Phone: 302-736-1516
Fax: 302-736-6237

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House Fire with Multiple Injuries

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Around 5 am, Cheswold was alerted to a house fire on Kenton Road with the possibility of people trapped inside.  Our automatic mutual aid plan dictated that Dover also respond with a ladder and Leipsic with a tanker.  Fire Chief Jeff Brown arrived in the command vehicle reporting that the second floor of the house was well involved in fire and several residents were injured.  He requested more ambulances and the state police helicopter (it wound up being down due to weather).

Engine 43-2 arrived and Chief Brown ordered the crew to place it's deck gun in service while also stretching a 1 3/4" hose line to the front door.  Ambulance B-43 was right behind the engine and loaded the most critical patient quickly for transport.  Ladder 46-2 arrived shortly after and placed it's tower to the roof while the crew placed ground ladders and searched the second floor.  The fire was knocked down and a dog was found during the search.  An attempt was made to revive the dog using our animal oxygen mask and CPR, but the dog did not survive.

Leipsic arrived and their tanker completed our water supply operations.  Hartly was requested to send their rehab unit for the firefighters on scene.

Units on scene:  Engine 43-2, Rescue 43, Command 43, Ambulance B-43, Dover Ladder 46-2, Engine 46-4, Leipsic Tanker 53-7, Engine 53-5, Ambulance 64, Hartly Ambulance 51, Rehab 51-9, 51-7, and the Kent County Paramedics.

Fire Chief Brown had command.

Smyrna Engine 44-4 provide stand by coverage for Cheswold during the fire.

****Update to the story-unfortunately, one of the residents that was injured in the fire succumbed to her injuries while at the burn center.  Our condolences go out to the family.

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