Frequent Home Fires in Winter Months; Fire Safety Tips

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Half of all home heating fires occur in December, January, and February. Nationwide, heating equipment is involved in 1 out of every 6 home fires and 1 in every 5 fire deaths. Because of the frequency of home fires in the winter months–more than any other season, according to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office,…

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National Fire Prevention Week 2023 Focuses on Kitchen Safety

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Research indicates that unattended cooking is the leading cause of cooking fires and deaths. Also, in general, cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home injuries. The Delaware State Fire School, Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office and Delaware State Fire Commission are working together to promote National Fire Prevention Week, which is…

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Accidental Fire Heavily Damages Selbyville Business

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A fire that heavily damaged a Selbyville business has been ruled accidental. The blaze occurred on Dixon Street at the Avalanche Industries shortly before 7:30 a.m. yesterday. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office, faulty electric wiring caused the fire, which started in the attic. No injuries were reported, but damage to the business…

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Fire Causes $150,000 Damage To Home In Delmar

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A home in the 14,000-block of Line Road in Delmar was heavily damaged by a fire Wednesday morning. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, members of the Delmar Fire Department were met by smoke and flames coming from the single-family home when they arrived shortly after 8:00 a.m. One occupant got out safely…

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Former Chicken House In Millsboro Scorched By Fire

Conaway Rd Chicken House Fire (photo courtesy of Millsboro Fire Co.)
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A fire Tuesday morning heavily damaged a poultry house in the 30,000 block of Conaway Road on the west edge of Millsboro. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, members of the Millsboro Fire Company encountered smoke and flames coming from the structure when they arrived shortly before 8:00 a.m. The structure was being…

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Man Badly Burned In Georgetown Fire

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A 37-year-old man has been critically injured in a fire that ignited vegetation and an apparent homeless campsite in Georgetown. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, local firefighters and paramedics responded to Douglas Street Monday night and found the burn victim. He was taken to Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Delaware County, Pennsylvania for…

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2 Hurt In Harrington-Area House Fire

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A house fire near Harrington has sent two people to hospitals. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, the blaze broke out at about 12:30 a.m. early Friday in the 3,000-block of Jackson Ditch Road. Houston Volunteer firefighters arrived to find flames engulfing the house. A 14-year-old boy was being treated at Crozer Medical…

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Car Fire Spreads, Heavily Damages Lewes Home

photo courtesy of Indian River Vol. Fire Co. - fire in Hawk's Eye, Lewes Aug. 18 2021
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A fire in Lewes caused no injuries but left a home heavily damaged Wednesday night. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire broke out Wednesday shortly before 7:00 p.m. in the 35,000 block of Peregrine Road. Flames were shooting from the garage when firefighters arrived. Investigators said a car that was running…

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Lightning Strike Likely Cause Of House Fire

Photo courtesy of Indian River Vol. Fire Co. - lightning strike causes house fire
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A house fire early Sunday was likely caused by a lightning strike. According to the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company, the fire was reported overnight at a home on Rivers Edge Road in Stonewater Creek. The fire was discovered in a first-floor crawl space. Smoke spread through the home, and firefighters had to cut through…

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Ocean View Stove Fire Leaves Man Injured

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A fire at a mobile home in Ocean View left a 62-year-old man burned on his hands and caused about $10,000 damage, according to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. Members of the Millville Volunteer Company responded to the 31,000-block of Pine Street shortly before 9:00 a.m. Wednesday. Mutual aid fire companies also assisted. An…

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Fire Officials: Leave Fireworks To The Pros

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Fireworks are nothing to play around with… The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office reminded Delawareans and visitors this week that sparklers and ground-based novelty items can be purchased by someone 18 or older for 30 days up to and including July 4th, and can only be used on July 4th. Delaware code prohibits possession, sale…

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Investigators: Greenwood Bar & Grill Fire Was Set

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A fire that gutted The Pit Stop Bar and Grill in Greenwood last month was deliberately set, according to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire broke out at about 3:00 a.m. May 18th at the building on West Market Street. Investigators have since determined it was a case of arson. One firefighter suffered…

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Trailer Burns In Selbyville

Trailer fire early Tuesday morning (photo courtesy of Selbyville Volunteer Fire Co.)
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A fire at a single-wide trailer on Jay Patch Road in Selbyville is under investigation. The fire broke out at about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday. Fire personnel from Selbyville, Frankford, Roxana and Gumboro responded to the scene. The fire was brought under control in about 35 minutes. According to the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company, the cause…

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Update: 1 Firefighter Hurt In Greenwood Tavern Blaze

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(Update) A fire early Tuesday morning caused significant damage at The Pit Stop Bar and Grill on West Market Street in Greenwood, and left a firefighter with minor injuries. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire was reported shortly after 3:00 a.m. Members of the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company arrived and encountered…

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Fire Marshal: 2 Oak Orchard Fires Deliberately Set

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Two fires this week in the Oak Orchard area are under investigation, according to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Fires occurred at adjacent, unoccupied structures in the 32,000-block of Oak Orchard Road Wednesday afternoon and again Thursday. Investigators determined that the fires were deliberately set and were linked to other criminal mischief incidents in the…

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1 Dead In Kent Co. Trailer Home Fire

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A fire east of Dover near Delaware Bay claimed one life Sunday. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, the fire broke out Sunday afternoon at a house trailer on Tenth Street near Pickering Beach Road. Members of the Little Creek Volunteer Fire Company were met by flames engulfing the structure. A 61-year-old man…

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Electrical Fire Guts Recreational Camper

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A recreational camper went up in flames during the early-morning hours Tuesday. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, Rehoboth Beach firefighters who arrived at the 21,000-block of Waterview Road encountered flames coming from the camper. Other mutual aid fire companies also assisted. The camper was not occupied. An investigation determined that the accidental…

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Laurel House Fire Sends Firefighter To Hospital

Photo courtesy of Blades Vol. Fire Co., fire on Seaford Rd. Apr. 18 2021
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A house fire in Laurel Sunday afternoon resulted in one firefighter being sent to a hospital. According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, the blaze broke out Sunday afternoon shortly before 1:00 p.m. in the 30,000-block of Seaford Road. Members of the Laurel Fire Department encountered smoke and flames coming from the structure. Mutual…

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Arson Suspected In Milford House Fire

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A Milford house fire was deliberately set, according to the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office. Sunday afternoon’s blaze broke out in the 500-block of Seabury Avenue near South Walnut Street. Members of the Carlisle Fire Company encountered smoke pouring from the home when they arrived. No one was located inside, and no injuries were reported.…

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Man Arrested Following Discovery Of Weapons, Explosives

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A Seaford man has been arrested following an investigation that resulted in the discovery of weapons and explosive devices. According to Delaware State Police, troopers were called about a reported drug complaint at a home on Hollyville Road in Millsboro Wednesday. Glass bottles filled with an unknown substance – possibly Molotov Cocktails – were found…

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