Cape Gazette


Milton man in critical condition after fire

Jim Welu hospitalized in Crozer-Chester Medical Center's burn unit
Mar 19, 2014
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Nothing remains but rubble of a house in the 30000 block of East Mill Run in Overbrook Shores. It took dozens of firefighters two hours to get the blaze under control.

Milton-area resident Jim Welu was injured in a devastating early morning fire March 15 that destroyed his Overbrook Shores home.

Welu was transported to Beebe Medical Center and then transferred to Crozer-Chester Medical Center outside Philadelphia, where he remains in critical condition, according to Assistant Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio and hospital officials.

Firefighters were called to the scene about 3:30 a.m. When Lewes firefighters arrived, the home was already heavily involved, and fire was spreading to a nearby field. Assistance was provided by Milton, Rehoboth Beach, Georgetown, Slaughter Beach, Ellendale and Millsboro.

Firefighters said the home collapsed the next morning, and they returned to the scene, where the structure was still burning under the pile, a Lewes Volunteer Fire Company report says.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the loss is estimated to be at least $300,000.

Lewes firefighters, with the assistance of several neighboring departments, battled an early-morning fire in the Overbrook Shores community March 15. (Courtesy of: Lewes Fire Department)
An early-morning fire leveled this home in the community of Overbrook Shores. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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