Man dies after being trapped in Wilm fire, 2 women injured

By Tom Lehman 12:49am, June 17, 2014 - Updated 10:56pm, June 17, 2014
VIDEO: WDEL's Tom Lehman reports. Footage from Tom Mitten.
A man was killed and two women were injured in a two-alarm house fire late Monday night in Wilmington.

The fire caused a collapse at a home on Bird Street and is being investigated by the city's Arson Task Force, Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony Goode said on Twitter early Tuesday.

Mayor Dennis Williams tells WDEL the fire appears to be the result of a dispute.

"It appears that it may have been domestic-related and an arson at this point, but it's under further investigation by the attorney general's office and the Wilmington Fire Department's arson division," he said.

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Firefighters responded to the scene, located just off Maryland avenue, about 10:30 p.m. They remained there into Tuesday along with personnel from the city's public works department, who were using heavy equipment to clear debris.

No additional bodies were found in the rubble, officials said Tuesday night.

Wilmington Fire Chief Anthony Goode says heavy fire prevented firefighters from getting to a man who was trapped inside. He died in the fire. Two women were found outside the home with severe burns and smoke inhalation. They were taken to the hospital. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, and was treated and released.

Reports of an explosion were unconfirmed, Goode said.

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