Officials: Arsonist Targets Four Vehicles At Two Occupied Homes Overnight

The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that this morning’s fire in Bear that damaged an occupied residence and four motor vehicles were deliberately started, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said multiple fires were reported in the 300 block of Sun Boulevard in the Meridian Crossing development shortly before 1:00 am. The Christiana Fire Company arrived on the scene with multiple automobile fires. Two of those fires were threatening two occupied residences.

State fire investigators were called to the scene to conduct the arson investigation. Four automobiles, parked at two separate addresses, were burned. The vehicles were located in the
driveway of the homes and one dwelling sustained fire damage to the exterior. Both homes were occupied when the fires were started. Heavy fire damage was estimated at a total loss of $200,000.

There were no reported injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or has home security video footage is asked to call the State Fire Marshal’s – New Castle Division at (302) 323-5375.

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