Fire Investigators Probe Overnight House Fire In Newark

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A fire that destroyed a new house under construction in Newark, Delaware last night is under investigation by the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company responded to the 200 block of Felix Drive in the Chestnut Hill Preserves just before midnight for several 9-1-1 calls reporting a house on fire. Firefighters encountered a home fully engulfed in flames as they arrived on the scene. Mutual aid fire companies assisted at the scene and covered the Newark region while units operated on the scene.

State fire investigators are on the scene searching for the fire’s origin and cause. Investigators are conducting a scene examination and interviewing witnesses that observed the fire prior to the arrival of the fire companies.

Heavy fire damage was estimated at $200,000 total. There were no injuries reported. Two houses nearby suffered exposure damage.

Anyone with information regarding this fire is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal’s – New Castle Division at (302) 323-5375 or email at Fire.Marshal@delaware.gov .

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