Wednesday, May 15, 2024

On 03/14/24 at 13:19 hours, the Dover Fire Department was alerted for a structure fire in the unit block of Sunset Terrace. While responding, crews were advised that there may be an occupant still in the structure. The Fire Chief and first engine arrived on scene at 13:21 hours (within two and a half minutes from the time the 911 call was taken) and found fire showing from the first floor at the front and back of the residence. Once inside crews encountered fire conditions throughout the residence. The Dover Police Department already had several units on scene. Knowing that there may be an occupant trapped in the structure, Dover Police Officers forced entry through a rear entry door and located one victim and sole occupant of the residence. The victim was extricated from the residence and Patrol Officers on scene began life safety measures along with the City of Dover Fire Marshal’s Office, St. Francis EMS and Kent County Paramedics. The victim was transported to Bayhealth Medical Emergency Room, but sadly succumbed to their injuries. The Dover Fire Department had 2 command vehicles, 1 engine, 2 ladders and 2 squads on scene with 25 firefighters. Additional units from Camden and Little Creek also assisted the Dover Fire Department on scene. Ambulances from St Francis EMS, Camden, Harrington, and the Kent County Paramedics were also on scene. Little Creek, and Clayton covered the City while units operated the fire ground. The scene was placed under control at 14:07 hours and the last unit cleared at 15:18 hours. Currently the Dover Police Department and City of Dover Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting a joint investigation as common practice when handling fire incidents involving a death within the City of Dover.