Mayday at Delaware house fire leaves Minquas captain with burns

Injured firefighter, Capt. Dave Smiley Jr., is critical but stable

House fire on Mill Creek Road

Posted by WDEL on Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Jessica Bies & Adam Duvernay, The News Journal:

A Delaware firefighter was in critical condition at Crozer Burn Center in Pennsylvania Thursday afternoon after a house fire on Mill Creek Road in Milltown.

The Minquas Fire Company on Facebook identified the injured firefighter as an officer. 

Dave Smiley, whom fellow firefighters have been wishing good luck and a speedy recovery on Facebook, is the company’s rescue captain, according to its website.

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Update from Dave’s Father. Keep the positive thoughts coming!

Posted by Nozzle Nut Photography on Thursday, March 14, 2019

Mike Phillips & Amy Cherry, WDEL Radio:

They arrived on-scene to find heavy smoke coming from the home. Water issues plagued firefighters battling the blaze, and a mayday was called after one firefighter fell through a hole in the second-floor of the home and became trapped, according to Mill Creek Fire Chief Jon Stewart.

The firefighter was quickly rescued, but not before suffering burns. The injured firefighter was transported to Christiana Hospital for treatment. He was then taken to the Crozer Chester Burn Center in Upland Pennsylvania, where at last check, he was in critical but stable condition.

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At approximately 0840hrs, Minquas Fire Company responded to a residential fire in the 3200 block of Mill Creek Road….

Posted by Minquas Fire Company #1 on Thursday, March 14, 2019


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