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Newark House Fire Started In Kitchen, Neighbor’s Home Melted

Newark – The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that Friday’s,fire, that heavily damaged a Newark, Delaware home was accidental, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Conchie.

Chionchio said that the blaze, reported shortly before 7:00 pm on Friday, March 24, 2017, occurred in the unit block of Montvale Drive in the Brookside Park section of Newark. The Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company arrived on the scene with flames engulfing the one story dwelling.

State fire investigators were called to the scene and conducted the investigation. Chionchio said the fire started in the kitchen when cooking oil ignited on the stove top. The flames swept through the kitchen and consumed the rear deck. The intense heat from the fire melted the vinyl siding on a neighboring home.

Heavy fire damage was estimated at $200,000 total. There were no reported injuries. The American Red Cross has been asked to provide emergency assistance to the three adults and one child displaced by the fire.

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