Officials: Thursday’s Church Fire In New Castle Caused $80,000 In Damage

New Castle –  The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that Thursday evening’s building fire in New Castle, Delaware, that heavily damaged a place of worship was accidental, according to
Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the blaze, reported shortly before 8:00 pm, occurred at the Community Vision Fellowship Church at 34 King Avenue, DuRoss Heights. The Minquas Fire Company of Newport responded to the the 9-1-1 call reporting a building on fire.

Upon arrival, firefighters were confronted with flames on the exterior of the building. A deputy state fire marshal was called to the scene to conduct the investigation.

The fire began in the motor compartment of a 2000 Ford Expedition parked next to the building. The flames spread from the vehicle to the occupied building.

Occupants were able to exit the building without injury. Investigators discovered that the vehicle had an electrical fault inside the motor compartment sparking the fire.

Heavy fire damage was estimated at $80,000 total. There were no reported injuries.

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New Castle – Fire crews from across New Castle County have responded to the unit block of Kings Avenue in New Castle for reports of a church on fire.

Arriving crews found a SUV fully engulfed with heavy fire underneath the portico of the Community Vision Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy with fire extending to the church.

Crews worked quickly to search the church to find any potential victims with negative results.

The blaze was quickly brought under control but not before the church had suffered serious damage.

Crews remain on scene mopping up hot spots and looking for fire in the walls.

Fire Marshals are currently on scene investigating the fire which is believed to have originated from the car.