Investigations determine origins of destructive blazes

SLAUGHTER BEACH – The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office has completed investigations of two recent fires that caused nearly $1 million in damages.

Investigators determined the origin of fire on Christmas night in the 300 block of Bay Avenue, Slaughter Beach that totally destroyed two homes and damaged two other homes and three garages to be outside ground cover ignited from embers from a charcoal smoker.

The wind-swept fire spread into the structures.

Total damages are estimated at $505,000, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Harry Miller said.

The other fire occurred on Jan. 8 occurred in the 22000 block of Preserve Drive in the Villages of Red Mill Pond near Lewes. This fire severely damaged one home and caused other damages to five surrounding homes.

State fire investigators have determined the origin to be the porch area. The fire was sparked by an electrical malfunction involving an electrical strip cord which had several appliances plugged into it.  Total damages are estimated at $400,000, Mr. Miller said.

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