Fire in North Bethany damages three houses, displaces residents


Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark  : Firefighters work on some hot spots still taking place the next day at the North Bethany home gutted by fire on Wednesday, Aug. 12.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Firefighters work on some hot spots still taking place the next day at the North Bethany home gutted by fire on Wednesday, Aug. 12.The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office this week was investigating a fire that occurred in a three-story, wood-framed residence in North Bethany on Aug. 12 and caused heavy damage to that structure and exposure damage to two other residences.

Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Harry R. Miller said the fire was noticed about 11:15 p.m. in the 29000 block of Cove Way in Cotton Patch Hills, by neighbors who made contact with the occupants, and both occupants escaped without any injuries.

Firefighters from the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company arrived on scene to find heavy fire in the garage, extending into the main residence. The BBVFC, assisted by the Millville, Roxanna, Frankford, and Rehoboth Beach fire companies responded on the initial dispatch.

Deputy fire marshals spent most of the day processing the scene, looking for the fire’s origin and cause. The fire’s origin, Miller said, was determined to be located in the area of the garage, while the cause was still under early this week investigation, with no indication of a suspicious fire at this time.

Fire damages were estimated at $750,000. Victims of the fire were being housed by neighbors early this week.