UPDATE: Seaford boy, 16, charged in Family Dollar arson fire

A fire Monday that caused an estimated $3 million in damage to the Family Dollar store on Stein Highway in Seaford was intentionally set, authorities determined..

SEAFORD – Authorities on Wednesday arrested a 16-year-old Seaford teen for arson in the investigation of the multi-million-dollar fire that destroyed the Family Dollar retail store in Seaford Monday.

Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office investigation determined the fire to be the result of arson and follow-up investigation led to the arrest of the 16-year-old male juvenile, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Harry Miller said.

The juvenile was taken to Family Court and released to his parent on $14,000 unsecured bond.  The investigation continues, and there may be other charges, Mr. Miller said.

The fire destroyed the building and contents.  Estimated damage is listed at $3,000,000, Mr. Miller said.

The fire, reported at 5:07 p.m. Aug. 27, quickly expanded to several alarms, bringing fire companies and departments from Seaford, Blades, Bridgeville, Georgetown, Milton, Greenwood Laurel, Delmar and three neighboring fire companies from Maryland to the store in the 500 block of East Stein Highway.

One store employee was treated for minor smoke inhalation and released.

No other injuries were reported.

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