Fire displaces Delaware man


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com



The rear of the house where fire officials said the fire started.

The rear of the house where fire officials said the fire started.


City of Delaware Fire officials and other emegency units contain the situation at the intersection between Curtis Street and Colfret Court Tuesday morning.


Glenn Battishill | The Gazette

Smoke rises from 3 Colfret Court Tuesday morning while City of Delaware fire fighters attempt to extinguish the flames.


Glenn Battishill | The Gazette

A fire displaced a Delaware man Tuesday morning and two fire fighters suffered minor injuries.

City of Delaware Fire Chief John Donahue said fire officials received a call at 6:11 a.m. to report a fire at a single story home at 3 Colfert Court.

Donahue said fire fighters had dealt with the fire in between 15 and 20 minutes upon their arrival, but because the house was filled with “a large accumulation of materials,” it was difficult to fully extinguish the fire.

The cause of the fire had not been determined Tuesday afternoon, but it originated in the rear of the house, Donahue said.

The Delaware County Auditor reports the home is owned by Michael Coutts and is worth $76,000.

Donahue said the homeowner was not home at the time of the fire.

Fire officials said they had not determined a dollar amount for the damage done to the house Tuesday.

Donahue added that two fire fighters suffered minor injuries during the operation. Donahue said one slipped and fell and the other was hit in the face by a fire hose coupling when he was pulling it off the truck.

Both men were treated at the scene and were not admitted to the hospital.

The Red Cross was reportedly contacted to aid the displaced homeowner.

“Since it’s the holiday season, I just want to remind everyone to make sure they have working smoke detectors and not to overload power circuits,” Donahue said Tuesday.

The rear of the house where fire officials said the fire started.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/12/web1_DSC_1877.jpgThe rear of the house where fire officials said the fire started.

City of Delaware Fire officials and other emegency units contain the situation at the intersection between Curtis Street and Colfret Court Tuesday morning.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/12/web1_IMG_20151222_072934414.jpgCity of Delaware Fire officials and other emegency units contain the situation at the intersection between Curtis Street and Colfret Court Tuesday morning. Glenn Battishill | The Gazette

Smoke rises from 3 Colfret Court Tuesday morning while City of Delaware fire fighters attempt to extinguish the flames.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/12/web1_fire-cropped.jpgSmoke rises from 3 Colfret Court Tuesday morning while City of Delaware fire fighters attempt to extinguish the flames. Glenn Battishill | The Gazette

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmedianetwork.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.