Investigators: Burglars Douse Home With Gasoline, Scared Off By Occupant

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating last night’s attempted arson of a townhouse in New Castle, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Deputy state fire marshals responded to the 100 block of Freedom Trail in Saddlebrook shortly before 11:00 pm to a 9-1-1 report of persons attempting to burn down the home with three people inside.

The scene examination revealed that a liquid with an odor similar to gasoline was poured inside the house during a burglary. The suspects were confronted by an occupant and fled the home before igniting the poured liquid, according to Chionchio.

Suspect #1 is described as a male, between 35 – 40 years old, 6 foot tall, weighing about 200 lbs. Suspect #1 was wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, and a black mask.

Suspect #2 is described as a male approximately 15-years-old, approximately 5 foot 5 inches, and weighing 175 lbs. He too was wearing all black mask depicting a skull.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

Breaking Report

New Castle – At 10:44 Last evening, Friday, January 4, 2019, firefighters from the Christiana Fire Company, along with crews from the Wilmington Manor, Minquas, Good Will, and Aetna responded to the 100 block of Freedom Trail, in the Saddlebrook neighborhood, for reports of a gas spill.

Initial reports indicate that someone may have poured gasoline throughout one of the townhouses in the neighborhood. Firefighters and New Castle County Police evacuated several homes in the area as a precaution.

Fire Marshals, HAZMAT crews and New Castle County Paramedics also responded to the scene.


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