Newark House Fire Caused By Riding Lawn Mower

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office has determined that Tuesday afternoon’s fire that damaged a Newark, Delaware home was accidental, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.

Chionchio said the Aetna Hose, Hook, and Ladder Company responded to the 2700 block of Old County Road this afternoon shortly before 5:30 pm. Firefighters encountered a fire on the exterior front of the house spreading into the dwelling.

Deputy fire marshals responded to the scene and conducted the fire investigation. The fire started outside in a riding lawn mower and ignited nearby combustibles including some of the house said Chionchio.

There were no reported injuries. Fire damage was estimated at $80,000. The American Red Cross was called to aid two adults and two pets.

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