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 […]

Teen charged with arson in district fire

BRIDGEVILLE — A 14-year-old male was charged with second-degree arson following two fires on Woodbridge School District property on April 30, authorities said. According to State Fire Marshal Chief Deputy spokesman John Galaska on Thursday, maintenance and storage structures were damaged on the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School grounds. The fire was reported shortly after 7 […]

Two arsons investigated in Frankford

FRANKFORD — Two arson investigations are ongoing after fires at unoccupied dwellings in separate locations, State Fire Marshal Chief Deputy John Galaska said Monday. Authorities said the first incident was reported shortly after 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the 34000 block of Evans Road. The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company arrived on the scene and found heavy […]

Fire association receives funds to promote home sprinklers

DOVER — Picture an incinerated room that burned up within five minutes of ignition. Now imagine soaked furniture surrounded by walls under a ceiling. Fire sprinklers can make a life-altering difference even if only needed once. “Contents in a room can get wet but still be usable,” said Paul Eichler, who serves on the Delaware […]

No injuries, $100k damage in Georgetown home fire

GEORGETOWN — No injuries were reported after a home fire caused roughly $100,000 in damage Thursday, the Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal said. The fire in the 18000 block of Gravel Hill Road was reported shortly after 9 a.m., spokesman Chief Deputy John Galaska said. The Georgetown Fire Company arrived on the scene […]

Lewes home fire displaces family of five

LEWES — A family of five was displaced after a mobile home fire caused about $15,000 in damage, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal John M. Galaska said. The fire was reported shortly after 5 a.m. in the 17000 block of Evette Lane. The Lewes Fire Department arrived on the scene and found smoke and flames […]

Four displaced after Milford home fire

MILFORD — A family of four adults was displaced by a Saturday morning fire in the 300 block of South Walnut Street, authorities said. According to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio, the Carlisle Fire Company responded shortly after 4 a.m. Firefighters encountered an active blaze inside the three-story dwelling when they arrived on the […]

Investigation deems Smyrna house fire accidental

SMYRNA — The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that a Friday morning house fire was accidental. The Citizens’ Hose Company responded to the 300 block of Lake Drive shortly before 8 a.m. for a 911 call reporting the blaze, spokesman Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio said. Firefighters arrived on the […]