Firefighters assaulted after responding to alarm

New Castle County Police have arrested 20-year-old Anthony Knight after he allegedly assaulted two volunteer firefighters from the Wilmington Manor Fire Company.

Investigators say the incident happened Monday night after firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the Castlebrook Apartment complex. Authorities say two firefighters were trying to clear the smoke filled building when Knight refused to evacuate and then charged at them.

According to the investigation, one of the firefighters noticed smoke coming from Knight’s apartment, forced his way inside, and discovered the suspect asleep on the couch.

Police say after Knight was escorted out of the apartment, he refused to leave the building and became argumentative.  A short time later, according to authorities, as both firefighters were in the doorway to the apartment, Knight charged toward them and became physical with the firefighters as he attempted to get back into his apartment.

No one was injured in the altercation.

Knight was taken into custody, and it was later discovered that he had allegedly given officers a false name. It was also learned that Knight was allegedly wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department for aggravated assault.

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