Two waterfront homes, three others damaged in Dewey Beach blaze

DEWEY BEACH – Fire early Tuesday morning in Dewey Beach destroyed two waterfront homes and damaged three other homes, causing an estimated $5 million in damages.

Fire fighters from many Sussex County companies and departments responded to the blaze that was reported shortly after 3 a.m. on Sand Dune Drive, according to Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Harry R. Miller.

Charred remains of one of the dwellings destroyed in Tuesday morning’s blaze in Dewey Beach (Indian River Volunteer Fire Company photo gallery).

Upon arrival, firemen found fire showing from two large single-family dwellings. Three other dwellings sustained heat damage.

The houses were unoccupied at the time of the fire, Mr. Miller said.

Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company was assisted by Lewes, Bethany Beach, Indian River, Millville, Milton, Slaughter Beach, Georgetown and Millsboro volunteer fire companies.

One firefighter was transported to Beebe Medical and treated for a laceration of the head, Mr. Miller said.

The fire was reported under control at 5:29 a.m.  Fire personnel remained on scene until approximately 10:19 a.m.

The State Fire Marshal deputies are seeking to the scene to determine the origin and cause.  The investigation is continuing at this time.

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