Fire Investigators Say New Castle Fire That Injured Three Firefighters Was Arson

The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that last night’s fire that heavily damaged a New Castle home was deliberately started, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the blaze, reported shortly before 10:00 pm, occurred in the unit block of Castle Hills Drive in the Castle Hills development. The Good Will Fire Company arrived on the scene with flames engulfing the house. Three firefighters were evaluated for injuries on the scene by the New Castle County paramedics.

State fire investigators were called to the scene and determined that fire was intentionally started inside the dwelling, said Chionchio. A criminal arson investigation is now underway and specific details cannot be released. Heavy fire damage was estimated at $100,000.

Anyone with any information pertaining to this arson is asked to contact deputy fire marshals at the State Fire Marshal’s – New Castle Division by calling (302) 323-5375.

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