The Wilmington Fire Department is investigating after six homes were destroyed in an early evening fire that misplaced three families. The other three homes were vacant.

WILMINGTON: It was just before 5:00 P.M. on Sunday evening when emergency services began receiving calls about a house fire on the East side of Wilmington. Wilmington Fire Department was dispatched to the scene in the 100 block of East 22nd street, just two blocks east of Market Street.

Units still on scene of an earlier working fire involving five row homes
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When crews arrived they could see heavy smoke coming from the row of homes, prompting an aggressive attack.

Wilmington Fire Department spokesman, James Jobes said, “When officials realized the fire was spreading quickly and the homes were deteriorating, the incident commander began a defensive attack.”

All in all, five homes were condemned, 12 people were displaced from three of the homes, and the other three homes were vacant.

It took crews more than two hours to bring the fire completely under control. There were no injuries, and the American Red Cross is assisting families who were misplaced.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and will continue on Monday morning, Jobes said.