Fire damages landmark restaurant at Dewey’s Lighthouse Cove development


A fire in Dewey Beach damaged a landmark restaurant.

Multiple fire departments responded to the blaze at the Lighthouse Restaurant at the Lighthouse Cove redevelopment project on the bayside of the beach town.

Lighthouse Cove has been undergoing a multi-year construction and redevelopment project.

The development includes a hotel, conference center and condominium complex at the former Ruddertown. No damage to the hotel or residential areas was reported. A lighthouse replica has been the symbol of the Dewey area over the years.

The Rehoboth Beach Fire Co. reported that crews from Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Lewes battled the blaze at the restaurant on Dickinson Street and the Bay, beginning at about 10 p.m.

Crews arrived to find the two-story structure on fire with a partial collapse of the building occurring. Units were on the scene for over 3 hours.

Lighthouse Cove issued the following:

We are devastated by the news of last night’s fire at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Dewey Beach. Thankfully, the majority of the damage was confined to the restaurant, and the remainder of the redevelopment, including the Hyatt Place Hotel, Residences at Lighthouse Cove, and Lighthouse Cove Event Center, remain intact. Most importantly, there were no injuries sustained.

We are grateful for the incredible work displayed by our local firefighters and first responders in containing and preventing further damage to the property. The response was met by dedicated fire companies from Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, and Bethany Beach. This is a developing situation with limited details. We are cooperating fully with the State Fire Marshal’s office as it investigates this terrible loss.

We are greatly appreciative of all the support we have received during this difficult time and will share more information at the appropriate time.

Click here for a link to photos from the Rehoboth fire company.

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