On September 12, 2023, at 1521, the Laurel Fire Department, Blades Volunteer Fire Company, Seaford Volunteer Fire Company, Delmar Fire Department and Sussex County EMS were alerted for a house fire with entrapment at the corner of 2nd Street and Poplar Street, in the center of town. Initial calls advised that law enforcement were on the scene and confirmed that one victim was trapped. Engine 81-4 was the first responding unit from Laurel, along with Engine 81-2 from Laurel’s substation with Assistant Chief Brandon Givens on board. Units arrived to find the house heavily involved. Crews made an aggressive attack with confirmation that there was a bedridden female victim still inside. Firefighters from Laurel and Blades made an aggressive interior attack. Firefighters from Delmar laddered the C side of the house to perform a vent, enter and search to gain access. As interior firefighters located the victim, the VES team made access and the victim was removed. The victim, who was in cardiac arrest was transferred to EMS crews and Sussex County Paramedics whose resuscitation efforts were successful. Crews remained on scene for about three hours. Units involved also came from Seaford, Bridgeville, Greenwood, Georgetown, Farming-ton, Sharptown (MD), Hebron (MD) Parsonsburg (MD) and Mardela Springs (MD).

– Photo from Laurel FD files; submitted by Michael Lowe