The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office has determined that last evening’s fire in Bear that heavily damaged an occupied house was accidental, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.
Chionchio said the blaze, reported shortly after 8:00 pm, occurred in the unit block of Chandler Circle in the development of Buckley near the Pulaski Highway. The Christiana Fire Company arrived on the scene with flames engulfing the rear of the house.
Deputy fire marshals were called to the scene to conduct the fire investigation. Chionchio said the fire originated on the rear exterior deck. Discarded cigarettes ignited materials on the deck causing the fire.
Heavy fire damage was estimated at $150,000. There were no reported injuries. Two adults and two juveniles were displaced. The American Red Cross is providing emergency assistance.