Investigators: Cell Phone Charger Causes $25,000 In Damage To Home Friday

The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal has determined that a fire inside a Smyrna home Friday morning was accidental, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the Citizens Hose Company of Smyrna responded to the 300 block of Lake Drive shortly before 8:00 am for a 9-1-1 call reporting a house on fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene and observed smoke pouring from the home.

State fire investigators were called to the scene to investigate and determined that the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a faulty cell phone charger inside a first-floor bedroom. No one was home when the fire was discovered. There were no reported injuries.

Fire damage was estimated at $25,000. Smoke alarms throughout the one story, ranch-style house operated.

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