The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating today’s deliberately started fire in Claymont, Delaware that damaged an apartment building, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio.
Chionchio the Claymont Fire Company responded to the 1400 block of Philadelphia Pike at Silverside Road shortly before 10:45 am for a 9-1-1 reported building fire. Firefighters encountered smoke coming from the 2 nd floor. One occupant was assisted outside unharmed.
Deputy fire marshals are conducting the criminal arson investigation. A person intentionally ignited items located in the hallway separating four apartments. The fire caused extensive damage to the foyer and staircase.
Fire damage was estimated at $50,000. The building contains four living units. Ten people have been displaced. There were no reported injuries. Anyone with information concerning this arson is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal’s – New Castle Division at (302) 323-5375, email: [email protected], or contact Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.