Sunday fires damage houses in Clayton and Magnolia

A residential fire in the 100 block of Sunrise Drive in Clayton Sunday afternoon caused an estimated $150,000 in damages, the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office said. (Citizens’ Hose Company/Carol Ann Morris)

Separate fires in Clayton and Magnolia left two homes badly damaged Sunday, the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office said.

Firefighters needed about 30 to 40 minutes to knock down the fire in the 100 block of Sunrise Drive on the outskirts of Clayton, according to Clayton Fire Company Chief Alex Carrow. He said the residents escaped without injury but a pet dog died in the blaze.

The fire in the Jockey Hollow neighborhood, reported shortly before 2 p.m. via a 911 call, began on the outside of the home when embers from an unattended fire pit spread, Delaware Fire Marshal’s Office Chief Deputy Scott Bullock said.

According to Chief Carrow the initial fire caught on vinyl siding and progressed up the side of the house and into the attic and continued inside.

Damage to the two-story single family dwelling was estimated at $150,000. The Red Cross of Delmarva was contacted for assistance, Chief Deputy Bullock said.

Assisting the efforts were crews from Millington, Md., Smyrna, Cheswold, Hartly, Townsend, Leipsic and Little Creek.. Middletown and Marydel fire company members covered for Clayton during the response, Chief Carrow said.

Firefighters were on the scene for about two-and-a-half hours as overhaul and salvage operations continued, Chief Carrow said.

A house fire in the Alexander Village neighborhood in Magnolia caused approximately $100,000 in damages, the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office said. (Submitted photo/Camden-Wyoming Fire Company)

The second blaze took place at 4:05 p.m. in the 200 block of Melissa Street in the Alexanders Village neighborhood of Magnolia. Firefighters were summoned after occupants reported a fire in the garage through a 911 call, Chief Deputy Bullock said.

The Magnolia Fire Company responded to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the attached garage with an extension into the dwelling, authorities said. Crews entering with three handlines were faced with heavy fire throughout the first floor and attic, according to a Camden-Wyoming Volunteer Fire Company Facebook post.

The Felton and Camden-Wyoming fire companies arrived to support the efforts, Chief Deputy Bullock said.

The blaze was placed under control at just before 5 p.m. and damages were estimated at $100,000, Chief Deputy Bullock said. No injuries were reported and a dog was removed from the dwelling in good health and transferred to the homeowner, according to the Facebook post.

Crews were on the scene for approximately two hours before the State Fire Marshal’s office took over the scene. The cause of the blaze remained under investigation, Chief Deputy Bullock said.

The Red Cross of Delmarva was notified of the incident.