Two-Alarm Apartment Fire Displaces Over 40

Lower Chichester Volunteer Fire Company

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating this morning’s fire that heavily damaged a Claymont, Delaware apartment building, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the two-alarm fire occurred around 4:00 am in the 1000 block of Stevens Place at the Valley Run Apartments near the Pennsylvania state line. The Claymont Fire Company arrived on scene and reported heavy fire through the roof of the occupied apartment building. Several neighboring fire companies and the New Castle County paramedics also responded to the scene.

Deputy fire marshals are currently investigating the fire’s origin and cause. The building housed twelve units. All 12 units were badly damaged and are not inhabitable. Adjoining buildings are in the process of being evaluated. More than 40 residents have been displaced as a result of the fire. The American Red Cross has been requested to provide emergency assistance to those in need.

Fire damage could possibly exceed $1,000,000. The estimated damage assessment has not been completed at this time. There were no reported injuries. This fire remains under investigation.

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