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Structure Fire – Assist Rehoboth Beach VFC

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Saturday April, 16 2022 @ 03:06

Nature: Structure Fire – Assist Rehoboth Beach VFC

Location: 124 Swedes St Dewey Beach, DE 19971

 

Early Saturday morning, the Indian River (80), Lewes (82), Millsboro (83), Millville (84), Bethany Beach (70), Milton (85) fire departments and many other mutual aid companies were alerted to assist Rehoboth Beach with a fire that impacted multiple structures in Dewey Beach.  

Indian River was alerted for an engine company stand-by assignment before being upgraded to assist at the incident location on Swedes Street.  Tanker 80 fulfilled Indian River’s assignment.

Additional information may be viewed via the following websites:

  1. Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Co. - https://rehobothbeachfire.com/gallery/detail/44969

  2. Delaware Online Video - https://www.delawareonline.com/videos/news/2022/04/16/041622-wil-fire-deweybeach-cs/7342616001/

  3. Delaware Online News - https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2022/04/16/more-than-million-dollars-damages-dewey-beach-fire-saturday/7342234001/

  4. WRDE News - https://www.wrde.com/news/multiple-houses-burn-down-in-dewey-beach/article_6105b790-bd78-11ec-8488-eb9067c492d2.html 

  5. Cape Gazette - https://www.capegazette.com/article/firefighters-battle-blaze-dewey-beach/238434

Firefighters battle blaze in Dewey Beach

A fire April 16 in Dewey Beach caused about $1 million in damage, fire officials say, as they continue to investigate.

The blaze was reported at 3 a.m. at 1902 Bayard Ave., between Swedes and Saulsbury streets, and appears to have caused major damage to more than one structure.

Bill Kramen, who said he lives in one of the homes badly damaged in the fire, posted on Facebook that he and his wife woke up to a nightmare with fire blowing into their bedroom window. They were able to escape their home uninjured. He posted a pair of videos of the fire engulfing two homes.

Firefighters from Rehoboth arrived at the home engulfed in flames, said Michael Chionchio, assistant state fire marshal. No injuries were reported, he said, but he expects the fire damage will exceed $1 million.

Deputy state fire marshals remain on the scene, searching for the fire’s origin and cause.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Fire Marshal’s – Sussex Division at [email protected] or by calling 302-856-5600.