Electrical malfunction starts fire in Milton

MILTON – An electrical malfunction of an appliance cord started a fire that damaged a row of mercantile and residential mixed occupancies on Tuesday, State Fire Marshal Chief Deputy John Galaska said. The fire was reported just after noon in the 100 block of Federal Street in Milford and caused an estimated $100,000 in damage. […]

Smoke from western US wildfires arrives in Delaware

DOVER — Carried thousands of miles by prevailing winds, drifting smoke from western United States wildfires has hovered above Delaware the past several days. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Robertson, rising smoke in California and other states became trapped inside the jet stream and was carried east. The effect was noticeable upon arrival […]

California fire that killed three threatens thousands of homes

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California wildfire threatened thousands of homes Thursday after winds whipped it into a monster that incinerated houses in a small mountain community and killed at least three people. Several other people have been critically burned and hundreds, if not thousands, of homes and other buildings are believed to have […]

Firefighters overtaken by flames in California mountains

By MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — More than a dozen California firefighters trying to protect a fire station in rugged mountains were overrun by flames Tuesday, and several were hurt. Elsewhere, military helicopters rescued more than 150 people stranded in a burning forest. Fourteen firefighters deployed emergency […]

California simmers while it burns, but no big power outages

SHAVER LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Rescuers in military helicopters airlifted 207 people to safety after an explosive wildfire trapped them in a popular camping area in California’s Sierra National Forest, one of dozens of fires burning Sunday amid record-breaking temperatures that strained the state’s electrical grid and threatened power outages for millions. The California Office […]

Choosing Joy: Dover woman creates group to help fire victims in memory of daughter

DOVER — When Theresa Dawn Morris lost her daughter, Joyce Anne “Joy” Morris, to injuries sustained following a house fire on Mother’s Day weekend 2014, she knew she had a choice — be engulfed by depression for the remainder of her life or do something positive to memorialize Joy. She decided to dedicate herself to […]

Investigation determines arson in Frankford

FRANKFORD — A fire in the 30000 block of Gum Road early Wednesday was deliberately started, according to the Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal. Spokesman Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio said the blaze was reported shortly before 2 a.m. The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company arrived on the scene with several bales of […]

Arson suspected in Rehoboth structure blaze

REHOBOTH BEACH — A fire that caused approximately $200,000 to a vacant mercantile structure early Wednesday is being investigated as an arson, officials said. The blaze in the 35000 block of Wolf Neck Road was reported shortly 12:30 a.m., State Fire Marshal spokesman Chief Deputy John Galaska said. The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company arrived […]

Dover fire victim thanks ‘real heroes’ for saving her life

DOVER — In a matter of minutes one night this March, Sarah Butler’s life became “a horrible nightmare.” She discovered her house on Artis Drive, west of Dover, had caught fire just after 9 p.m. on March 28. Suddenly, the 83-year-old was searching for clothes as the fire gained strength and spread throughout her ranch […]

Realtors offer aid to Dover Baytree fire victims

DOVER — While the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made everyone’s life change in different ways over the past couple of months, the life-altering experience felt by the displaced residents of the Baytree Apartment Homes following a fire at the complex on April 2 is unimaginable. Through it all, neighbors are still finding ways to help […]