Three homes engulfed in Slaughter Beach blaze

SLAUGHTER BEACH – One home was likely destroyed and two others heavily damaged during an afternoon fire in the 200 block of Bay Avenue in Slaughter Beach, town mayor Harry Ward said Wednesday.

There were 11 fire companies at the scene, Mr. Ward said, and a Memorial Volunteer Fire Company run log indicated a call at 2:25 p.m.

“To see that many companies respond that quickly is pretty reassuring as to what we have in Kent and Sussex counties as far as (fire services),” Mr. Ward said.

No injuries were initially reported, though Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio said the response was ongoing. Fire companies continued to utilize water around 4:15 p.m.

Homes to the north and south of the middle property were showing fire coming from the roof lines, the mayor said.

Mr. Chionchio said three homes were heavily damaged and no estimated loss was completed.

Investigation into the blaze’s origin and cause were ongoing, he said.

Mr. Ward said “It’s a terrible thing, especially following a fire we had two years ago on Christmas day when three houses burned.”

A Magnolia Fire Company water tanker was seen headed to the area along with other emergency vehicles.

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