The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined that this morning’s building fire in Newport, DE., was accidental, according to Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Robert Fox.
Fox said the Minquas Fire Company responded to the 400 block of Old Airport Road for a report of a building on fire. Upon arrival the Fire Department found heavy smoke and fire coming from a large commercial structure on the site of a vehicle recycling facility. Numerous Fire Companies were called to assist.
Deputy Fire Marshal’s were called to the scene and have determined that the fire was caused by workers using cutting torches to dismantle vehicles ignited surrounding flammable/combustible material causing heavy damage to the building.
A total of three buildings were damaged or destroyed by the fire. Fox estimated the damage to the business at approximately $100,000 damage.
One firefighter, despite wearing his gloves, received minor burns to his hands and was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released, accoring to Fox.
No other injuries were reported.
New Castle – Just after 8:15 this morning firefighters from across New Castle County responded to 475 Old Airport Road for reports that a large structure was on fire.
Arriving crews reported that the building was on fire and began their attack on the fire.
Update: At 9:47 Command has ordered that all water lines be shut down. Crews remain on scene.
We are working to gather more information about the business and the cause of the fire. Check back shortly.
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Today’s fire on Old Airport Road is the second fire in less than two months. In July fire destroyed hundreds of cars at a nearby salvage yard.