Updated: Lighthouse Restaurant burns on Thursday night

Fire burns at The Lighthouse Restaurant in Dewey Beach. (Submitted photo/Chuck Snyder)

DEWEY BEACH – Firefighters responded to a blaze at the Lighthouse Restaurant for more than three hours on Thursday night, the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company said.

According to a live call log, Rehoboth Beach VFC responded at around 9:52 p.m. and was joined by Bethany Beach and Lewes companies.

Crews arrived to the scene at 124 Dickinson Street and found a two-story structure well involved in fire with a partial collapse of the building, Rehoboth Beach VFC said.

No injuries were reported.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal estimated damage to be $750,000 and said a structure and boardwalk under construction involved.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, State Fire Marshal Chief Deputy John M. Galaska said. Anyone with information was asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s – Sussex Division at 856-5600 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

On Friday morning, the Lighthouse Cove Development Company released a statement that read:

“We are devastated by the news of last night’s fire at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Dewey Beach. Thankfully, the majority of the damage was confined to the restaurant, and the remainder of the redevelopment, including the Hyatt Place Hotel, Residences at Lighthouse Cove, and Lighthouse Cove Event Center, remain intact. Most importantly, there were no injuries sustained.

“We are grateful for the incredible work displayed by our local firefighters and first responders in containing and preventing further damage to the property. The response was met by dedicated fire companies from Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, and Bethany Beach. This is a developing situation with limited details. We are cooperating fully with the State Fire Marshal’s office as it investigates this terrible loss.

“We are greatly appreciative of all the support we have received during this difficult time and will share more information at the appropriate time. “

Following a reconstruction project, the restaurant was projected to open in March, according to an online report at lighthousecovedeweybeach.com. A newly designed interior was planned, including kitchen renovations, expanded seating and new bathrooms, according to the report.