Two homes destroyed, three damaged in Christmas night blaze

SLAUGHTER BEACH – Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office investigators Tuesday were seeking to determine the cause of a devastating Christmas night blaze that destroyed or damaged five waterfront homes in Slaughter Beach.

Firefighters battle a Christmas night blaze that destroyed two homes and damaged three others in Slaughter Beach. (Photo: Jeff Davidson/Milton Fire Department).

Damage is expected to exceed a half-million dollars, Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio said.

The Memorial Fire Company responded to the initial alarm at about 7 p.m. Dec. 25 for a blaze in the 300 block of Bay Avenue.

The first alarm was quickly upgraded to a second alarm incident requesting fire company tanker and engine assistance from companies and departments throughout Sussex County and nearby Kent County.

There were reports of a propane tank explosion.

Firefighters battled high winds in fire suppression efforts. There were no reported injuries.

State fire investigators were on the scene Tuesday searching for the fire’s origin and cause.

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