UPDATE: Causes of Sussex Co. fires identified; incidents caused over 900K in damages
The causes of several Slaughter Beach and Lewes fires have been determined, after officials say the separate incidents caused over $900,000 in damages.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office says on Tuesday, that they have completed their investigation of several fires the happened in Sussex County. officials say the first incident happened on December 25, 2017, just after 7:00 PM, in the 300 block of Bay Avenue in Slaughter Beach. Two homes were apparently destroyed, and two others and three garages were damaged.
According to investigators, on December 25, the fire started outside as embers from a charcoal smoker ignited ground cover and spread to other buildings. This incident reportedly caused $505,000 in estimated damages.
Fire officials say the second incident happened on January 8, around 10:00 AM, in the 22000 block of Preserve Drive in the Villages of Red Mill Pond. Authorities report that this fire severely damaged one home and caused other damages to five surrounding homes, in Lewes.
According to Delaware fire officials, this fire began on the porch area when an electrical malfunction happened involving an electrical strip cord which had several appliances plugged into it. Total damages caused by this incident is estimated at $400,000.