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Woodcrest Dr Apartment Complex Fire - Woodcrest Dr
June, 6 2010

On 06/06/10 at 0643 hrs, the Dover Fire Department was dispatched to 904 Woodcrest Drive for a working building fire with possible subjects trapped. Car 2 under the Command of Assistant Chief West called for a second alarm to be struck as he approached Walker Road an saw a thick column of smoke in the air. Dispatch advised Car 2 that Dover Police were on location confirming a working alarm and subjects trapped in the building. Upon arrival Command found a three story garden style apartment with heavy smoke and fire from the 2nd and 3rd floors, extending into the roof as well as an occupant jumping from a 2nd floor window. Dover E2 was the first apparatus on scene and attempted to make an interior attack on the “Alpha” side stairway. Crew's encountered heavy fire conditions extending from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floor and roof division of the building. E2’s crew advised Command they had a partial collapse of the interior stairwell from floor 1 to floor 2. Command advised Dispatch to sound the evacuation tones. Accountability was complete and an exterior attack was continued. Several hand-lines and four master streams were utilized to bring the fire under control. Crews performed primary and secondary searches of the complex. Unfortunately, crew's found one victim who had succumbed to the fire. Seven patients were transported to area hospitals. Two firefighters and one Dover Police Officer were injured on scene but were not transported. At 0855 the fire was placed under control and crews remained on scene for several more hours performing overhaul. The Dover Fire Department would like to extend a most sincere thanks to the Dover Police Department and many apartment complex residents. Without their assistance and quick reactions that morning, the outcome may have been much worse. We would also like to thank the surrounding Departments who either came to the scene or provided cover-up services. A special thanks to the Little Creek VFC Ladies Axillary who provided a much needed hot meal for crews on scene. Units on scene -- Dover Car 1 and Car 2 Dover E2,E4,E6,E7 Dover L1 and L2. Little Creek VFC E54-2, E54-4, E54-3 (RIT) Cheswold VFC E43-3 Camden-Wyoming VFC E41-3 Citizens Hose Co. E44-3, Rescue 44 Clayton VFC Quint 45 Odessa FC Rehab 24 Hartly VFC E51-3, Air & Light 51 EMS Units on scene -- Dover A63 and B63 Camden-Wyoming VFC A41 and B41 Cheswold VFC A43 and B43 Magnolia VFC A55 Kent County Medics KM-5, KM-7, KM-9 Delaware State Police Aviation Trooper 4 Other units on scene -- Dover Police Department Dover Fire Marshal FM-1, FM-2 City of Dover Mayor and City Manager State Medical Examiner Red Cross

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