Apartment Condemned After Wilmington (DE) Fire Apparatus Hits Building

An apartment in Wilmington has been condemned after a city fire truck slid down an icy hill Tuesday and crashed into its building, officials said.

No injuries were reported as Wilmington Fire Department’s Engine 6 slid downhill just after 9 a.m., hitting a car and the house at Oak and South Franklin streets.

The fire truck was dispatched to a multi-vehicle crash in the area, with one minor injury reported, city Sgt. Andrea Janvier said. That crash involved more than 10 vehicles, a witness said.

The fire apparatus was parked near the crash site when it began to slide down the iced roadway, said James. R. Jobes, the city fire department’s battalion chief for support services and administration.

The fire truck first hit an unoccupied, parked vehicle then the residential building in the 1200 block of Oak St., Jobes said.

Officials did not say if anyone was in the building at the time, but no additional injuries were reported, Janvier said.

Inspectors from the city’s Department of License & Inspection checked the house for structural damage and deemed a second-floor apartment — above where the fire truck hit — unsafe for habitation, he said.

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