Partial Structural Collapse

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On January 5, 2014 at 1353, the Dover Fire Department was dispatched for a structural collapse at the Cannon Mills Apartment complex. Fire Chief M. Carey was first to arrive on scene in the Chief’s car to find a three-story, multi-family complex with a partial structural collapse on the third floor. E3 was the first in engine as was directed to the third floor to investigate. Crews found a broken water pipe in the attic space above one of the third floor apartments causing the ceiling to collapse into the apartment. L1, E3 and R1 arrived on scene and assisted in evacuating the apartment complex and securing the utilities. The Kent County Special Operations Unit was called into service to assist in determining the structural stability of the units. All occupants were offered medical treatment but refused service. The building was deemed structurally sound and the scene was turned over to the City of Dover FMO and Emergency Management. The Red Cross assisted with those who were displaced by damage.


Units on Scene:


Car 1: Chief M. Carey

Dover Engines: E3 and E6

Dover Ladder: L1

Dover Heavy Rescue: R1

Dover Brush Unit: B9

Kent County Special Operations

Hartly VFC Telesquirt: E51-7

Hartly VFC Utility: U51-10

Leipsic VFC Utility: U53-8

Cheswold VFC Utility: U43-10

City of Dover BLS Unit: B63

KCDPS Paramedics: KM-5 and KM-7

City of Dover FMO: FM-1, FM-2 and FM-3

City of Dover Emergency Management: EM-1

City of Dover Police City of Dover Water Department

City of Dover Electric Department

Red Cross