One Seaford fire ruled arson; victim in other blaze not yet identified

SEAFORD – Delaware State Fire Marshal investigation has determined a fire that heavily damaged a home on Hurley Park Drive Wednesday, May 1 was an act of arson.

The fire was intentionally started by a person or persons igniting items inside the unoccupied home, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio.

Seaford Volunteer Fire Department responded to the home in the 800 block of Hurley Park Drive just before 8 p.m.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is working to determine the identity of the person who died May 1 in a blaze that heavily damaged this house in the 400 block of Arch Street in Seaford.

A second fire, this one in the 400 block of Arch Street in which one person died, was reported a short time later. Authorities are still working on the Arch Street blaze that damaged a two-story structure.

“We are still working on the fire and the positive ID of the victim,” Mr.  Chionchio said.

The fires do not appear to be related.

Fire personnel from several neighboring companies assisted Seaford in fighting these fires.

Damage to the home on Hurley Park Drive was estimated at $250,000.  There were no reported injuries.

State fire investigators are seeking to contact anyone with information about the Hurley Park Drive fire or home surveillance footage showing any individuals in the area at the time of the fire.

Tipsters may call Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or the State Fire Marshal’s – Sussex Division at 856-5600.

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