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Explosion at Mountaire - Daisy Avenue
Monday, October 27, 2008

On Monday October 27, 2008 at 1802 hours, an alarm was sounded for the Frankford Station 76, Selbyville Station 88, and Dagsboro Station 73 Volunteer Fire Companies for a reported structure fire at the Mountaire Feed Mill located at 11 Daisey Avenue in the town of Frankford. Calls to the 911 center and reports from firefighters responding to the alarm confirmed the initial report of a dust explosion with structural blowout occurring in the grain tank. The blowout produced a fireball that was visible miles away from the scene. Chief Tommy Bacon 76-15 responded on Engine 76-1 and was on scene at 1805 hours reporting a working fire on the Roof Division as he established Command. Upon arrival of Tanker 76-5 with Assistant Chief Robbie Murray 76-16, he was assigned control of Operations and crews advanced hand lines to the roof of the structure. Ladder 88 under the command of Selbyville Deputy Chief Mark Lathbury arrived on scene and laddered the Daisey Avenue side of the grain tower. Due to the nature and location of the fire, additional manpower and apparatus were requested bringing Ladder 83 from Millsboro, Tower 90 from Roxana, and Truck 6 from Ocean City (MD) Volunteer Fire Companies and Engines from Gumboro Station 79 and Millville Station 84 Volunteer Fire Companies to the scene. In addition, Medic 103 and EMS 100 from the Sussex County Emergency Medical Services, FM17 from the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, officials from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the Sussex County Fire Police, and the Frankford Police Department responded to the scene in support of the fire suppression effort. At the time of the explosion and fire there were several maintenance employees inside the building, one of whom received minor injuries. There were no injuries to any of the firefighters. At the peak of the alarm, there were more than 75 volunteer firefighters, EMS, and fire police personnel operating at the scene. The fire was suppressed and the incident was placed under control at 1849 hours with units still working to mop up. All units were clear from the scene and back in service at 1956 hours. The monetary damage to the structure was unknown at the time of this report. Fire Companies and Support Units On Scene: Frankford, Selbyville, Dagsboro, Millsboro, Gumboro, Millville, Roxana, and Ocean City Volunteer Fire Companies, EMS 100, Medic 103, FM17, DNREC, Sussex County Fire Police, and Frankford Police Department. Due to the dedication of the many VOLUNTEER firefighters, EMS and fire police personnel and their continuing commitment to serve their community and neighboring communities during a time of need, there continues to be no cost to the taxpayers of the Town of Frankford and the State of Delaware for our services. Please support your local fire company and contribute to their fund drive.


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