Officials: Lewes fire damages five homes and causes $800K in damage
The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office says they investigated and found the cause of an early morning fire that damaged five town houses in the Canary Creek Development in Lewes on Monday.
Around 1 a.m., on Carter Way, The Lewes Volunteer Fire Department assisted by Milton, Rehoboth Beach, Slaughter Beach, Indian River, and Georgetown Volunteer Fire Companies, along with Sussex County EMS responded to the blaze.
Fire units reported heavy fire showing in the back of three town homes. Three residents along with two pets were made aware of the fire and escaped without being hurt.
No injuries were reported during the incident. The fire was reported under control in under an hour and units cleared the scene around 3:53 am.
The Fire Marshal's office found that the fire was an accident and that it happened when a resident of one of the town homes improperly threw out smoking materials outside of the town home, which ignited combustible materials on the outside of the home.
The fire extended to two other units and two units were damaged. Total fire damages were estimated at $800,000.