Incidents in Slaughter Beach and Lewes

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office has completed two fire investigations in Sussex County.

The first fire occurred on Christmas night, Dec. 25, 2017, at around 7:10 p.m. in the 300 block of Bay Avenue in Slaughter Beach. The fire destroyed two homes and damaged two other homes and three garages. State fire investigators have determined that the incident occurred when embers from a charcoal smoker ignited ground cover and then spread to nearby structures. Total damages are estimated at $505,000.

The second fire occurred on Jan. 8, 2018, at around 10 a.m. in the 22000 block of Preserve Drive in the Villages of Red Mill Pond, near Lewes. This fire severely damaged one home and caused damage to five surrounding homes, as well. State fire investigators have determined this incident began in the porch area and was caused by an electrical malfunction involving an electrical strip cord with several appliances plugged into it. Total damages in this incident are estimated at $400,000.