Fire Report


The Bethany Beach Fire Department received assistance from Millville, Rehoboth Beach and Roxana firehouses as they responded to a house fire in Bethany on Sunday, Jan. 23.

The home, owned by Sarah McGuire and Deirde McHale, was not occupied at the time of the fire.

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 6:48 p.m., and encountered heavy fire in the dwelling.

High winds and cold temperatures hampered work, and one firefighter sustained injuries after taking a fall in the icy conditions.

He was transported to Beebe Hospital.

State Fire Marshal’s investigators estimated damages at approximately $150,000 — they are continuing an investigation.

Much earlier that morning, Selbyville and Frankford Fire Departments had responded to a burning chicken house. According to the State Fire Marshall’s Office, the incident occurred at 4:56 a.m., on McCabe Road, in Frankford.

Vernon Mitchell of Frankford owns the property. No injuries were reported, but damages have been estimated at approximately $20,000.

State Fire Marshal investigators have determined that the fire originated in the center ceiling area of the chicken house, and was caused by an electrical failure.

Later that same night, Dagsboro and Frankford Fire Departments responded to an outbuilding fire in Frankford.

They arrived at the 200 block of Armory Road at 12:26 p.m., and found the shed collapsed and ablaze.

An adjacent chicken house received minor radiant heat damage.

Charles Lewis of Dagsboro owned the shed. Damages were estimated at approximately $3,500.

State Fire Marshal investigators say the fire originated in the shed, caused by combustibles stored too close to a wood stove.

There were two fire calls the next day, Monday, Jan. 24.

The Roxana and Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Companies responded to a late-night fire at a Bayville Shores building, on Route 54.

Firefighters arrived at 12:28 p.m. and found fire and smoke conditions at the front end of the building.

According to the State Fire Marshal’s Office, no smoke detectors were present. The fire originated in an office and was caused by a malfunction in a wall-mounted television.

Damages were estimated at $20,000. There were no reported injuries.

Shortly thereafter, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, assisted by Roxana and Bethany Beach firehouses, responded to a fire at a Frankford business.

Firefighters arrived at 1:40 p.m. and observed fire venting through the roof of the Bethany Kennels, owned by George Baldwin.

The business sustained approximately $20,000 in damages, but there were no reported injuries.

State Fire Marshal investigators said no smoke detectors were present. The fire originated in the utility room and was caused by an electrical malfunction in the power cord of a portable heater. No smoke detectors were present.