Intentionally set Rehoboth fire causes $200,000 in damage


The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has ruled that a fire at a vacant commercial structure near Rehoboth Beach was intentionally set. Damage was estimated at $200,000. There were no reported occupants or injuries.

The fire, reported shortly after 12:30 a.m. occurred to the structure in the 35000 block of Wolf Neck Road. The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company arrived and found smoke and flames coming from the structure. Other fire companies assisted at the scene.

State fire investigators determined that the fire was intentionally set.

Earlier, a fire at a restaurant and replica lighthouse at Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach was determined to be intentionally set. That fire caused $750,000 damage, with a $20,000 reward offered for information leading to apprehension and conviction of a suspect or suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s Office Sussex Division at (302) 856-5600 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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