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Sunday, June 7, 2009
Abandoned Farm House Burns - Long Neck Road


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Sunday June, 7 2009 @ 03:38:31 Nature: Structure Fire Address: 33700-34011 Long Neck Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 and re-alerted for smoldering debris on Sunday June, 7 2009 @ 09:35:14 Nature: Structure Fire Address: 32519 - 32531 Long Neck Rd Millsboro, DE 19966 Early Sunday morning at approximately 3:38 a.m., the Indian River, Lewes, Millsboro and Rehoboth Beach volunteer fire companies were alerted for a reported working structure fire on Long Neck Road between the entrances to Pot Nets Bayside. Upon arrival of our Incident Commander (Duty Officer) Hayden Klingler, it was requested to have additional tankers from Rehoboth Beach and Milton volunteer fire companies with stand-by coverage being requested from Rehoboth Beach, Georgetown and Dagsboro volunteer fire companies. The Incident Commander identified that this would be an exterior attack for fire suppression measures and that specific exposure to nearby structures (barn) were being mitigated. The residential structure was a two-story abandoned farm house that was collapsing within four minutes arrival of the first responding fire engine. The engines from Indian River and Millsboro fire companies activated fire suppression attacked lines and immediately requested tanker assistance for water supply. Indian River and Millsboro tankers supplied the fire suppression apparatus with a study supply of water while a water shuttle operation was coordinated by the Water Supply Officer Eric Ruckle. Apparatus from Indian River, Lewes, Millsboro, Milton and Rehoboth Beach provided a water shuttle operation from various fire hydrants on Long Neck in the vicinities of Pot Nets Bayside, Mariner’s Cove and Rehoboth Shores. The Sussex County Emergency Medical Services (Paramedics) provided a firefighter rehabilitation and rehydration station for participating firefighters. The Delaware State Fire Police were requested to close Long Neck Road from the northern most Pot Nets Bayside entrance to the southern most Pot Net Bayside entrance. Traffic was detoured through the Pot Nets Bayside development. The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating to determine the origin of the incident. The estimated personnel costs from all companies and apparatus (81 members @ Delaware Minimum Wate Rate plus social security costs)and equipment response costs (flat billing rate as determined by FEMA) for this residential farmhouse structural fire are estimated to be $9,783.20 for this incident. The incident response was an estimated 81 firefighters for 4 hours and 24 minutes in-service. You may review additional information via the following web pages: WGMD Radio 92.7: News Journal - Tuesday, June 9, 2009 Sussex County deputy fire marshals are looking for anyone with information about an early Sunday morning fire. Investigators said a fire was reported at 3:40 a.m. in the back of an abandoned building on Long Neck Road in Millsboro. Damages were estimated at $25,000. The Indian River Fire Company was assisted by the Millsboro and Lewes Fire companies. No one was injured in the blaze. Anyone with information is asked to call 856-5600 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.