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Working Structure Fire
Sat, Mar 15, 2014

Lewes had 7 volunteers and 3 paid personnel staffing Station 1 that evening and make a quick response with 6 personnel on R82 commanded by 82-23 Captain Sharp. Command82 with 82-17 Asst. Chief Craig Reynolds was also quickly in route. Units were notified by the Emergency Operations Center that they were receiving multiple calls and believed this to be a working alarm. Upon arrival Command82, 82-17, advised the house was heavily involved and spreading into an adjacent field. After deploying attack lines command realized quickly due to the rapidly deteriorating conditions that this was going to be a defensive operation, and set up deluge operations with Ladder 82 and L85. Command also called for additional tanker units from Georgetown, Slaughter Beach, Ellendale, and Millsboro, fire companies to the scene to help to battle the blaze. Indian River, Dagsboro and several other departments filled cover assignments at the stations. One occupant was seriously injured and transported to BMC, then transferred to Crozer Burn Center in critical condition. The house was gutted and the fire also spread to a nearby field due to gusty winds. The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating and damage estimates were $300,000. Lewes units returned later in the morning for several more hours, as the home had collapsed and was still burning under the pile. We would like to thank Clint Fluharty of Dirtworks who came with an excavator to pull apart the pile assisting with extinguishment and the Fire Marshalls investigation.

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