Suspicious fires occur in three towns

By Tony E. Windsor

Fire investigators are hoping that someone can provide them with some helpful information about three suspicious fires in three different communities that occurred around the same time frame and caused about $75,000 in damages. Deputy Delaware State Fire Marshal, Randy Lee, said three fires in Blades, Laurel and Delmar, were all acts of arson, but unfortunately, void of witnesses it is difficult to determine who actually "lit the match." He said however, there are two investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office investigating the fires and they are sharing information.

The first fire occurred on Thursday, June 23, at about 9:12 p.m. in Blades. The Blades Fire Department was assisted by the Seaford and Laurel Fire Departments. They responded to the first block of West Second Street and found light smoke showing at the home. Lee said the home was not occupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Damages have been estimated at approximately $5,000.

A second fire occurred Friday, June 24, 3:22 a.m. in Delmar.

According to Lee a storage building on the 8900 block of Jackson Road, burned with approximately $10,000 in damages. There were no injuries reported. The Delmar Fire Department was assisted by the Laurel and Hebron Fire Departments and found the building fully involved upon arrival.

A few hours later, at about 4:39 a.m. on Friday, June 24, firefighters from Laurel were called to the 200 block of Willow Street where a home was heavily involved in the rear area. Lee said the home was not occupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. Damages have been estimated at approximately $60,000. The Laurel Fire Department was assisted by the Blades, Seaford and Delmar Fire Departments. Lee said investigators have looked into possible links between the three properties, but as of press time Monday, June 27, there were none. He said the investigations will continue and anyone with information is asked to call The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office at 856-5600 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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