Fire Marshal: Middletown Car Fire Was Arson

Middletown – The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating this morning’s fire in Middletown, Delaware as an arson, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio.

Chionchio said that the Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown responded to the 600 block of Village Drive in the Villagebrook Trailer Park shortly before 4:00 am, Saturday, January 28, 2017,  Arriving Firefighters found a vehicle on fire and fire spreading into an occupied house trailer.

State fire marshal deputies were called to the scene to conduct the investigation. Investigators were able to determine that the fire originated in the vehicle and was intentionally started, according to Chionchio.

Chionchio said the flames escaped from the vehicle and started to burn a house trailer that was adjacent to the burning car. Fire damage was estimated at $10,000. There were no reported injuries. The house trailer was occupied by six people, according to Chionchio.

Anyone with information regarding this fire is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or the State Fire Marshal’s New Castle Division at (302) 323-5375.

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