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Authorities: Beaver Brook Plaza Fire Intentionally Set, This Man May Have Helpful Information


Wilmington –  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Baltimore Field Division is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the incendiary fire that occurred at the Dollar Tree in New Castle, Del., located at 1230 Beaver Brook Plaza, at approximately 7:13 p.m. on March 23, 2018, according to a statement released by the agency.

Officials said this is the second incendiary fire this business has suffered this year. The first fire occurred on January 24, 2018.

The Wilmington Field Office of ATF’s Baltimore Field Division is working in partnership with the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office on this investigation. The damage to the business is currently estimated to be $800,000.

ATF and the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office are also seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the man pictured below. “He is a white male who appears to be in his 60s and we believe he may have information that will help us in this investigation”, said officials with the ATF.


Anyone with information about the fire; who believes they may know the person(s) responsible; or who can help us in identifying the man in the photo, is asked to call the ATF at 888-ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477); send an email to; text ATFBAL to 63975; or via the reportit® mobile app, available through, using ATF Baltimore Field Division as the location. The public can also contact the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office with information at 302-323-5375.


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