On December 16, 2023, just before 1900, Stations 1 and 27 were alerted for a small outside fire in the area of Middleneck Road and Route 301. While en route, New Castle County 911 reported that they were receiving calls for a chicken house on fire at Delaware Egg, located on Middleneck Road west of Middletown. A box alarm was transmitted bringing mutual aid from both Delaware and Maryland. Unit 27-1 arrived to find a two-story chicken house with fire showing and multiple exposures. Unit 1-8C established command and requested a second-alarm assignment and tanker task force. Due to the lack of fire hydrants, a water shuttle operation was established from Bunkerhill Pond. Two five-inch supply lines were laid from the street down the 2,000-foot driveway to the fire building. Over 150,000 gallons of water was shuttled before bringing the fire under control around 2300. Crews operated into the early morning hours extinguishing hot spots. The fire was under investigation by the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. Mutual aid came from Odessa, Townsend, Port Penn, Delaware City, Citizens’ Hose of Smyrna, Clayton, Harrington, Cecilton, Chesapeake City, Hacks Point, Galena, Millington, Leipsic, Delaware Air National Guard, St. Francis EMS, New Castle County Paramedics, Delaware State Fire School and Wilmington Police Drone Pilots.

– Submitted by Kyle Kokoszka, Assistant Chief