Firefighters find body after Millville mobile home fire

Date Published: 
December 1, 2017

The Office of the State Fire Marshal this week was investigating a mobile home fire in Millville on Monday, Nov. 27, that may have resulted in a death.

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by the Millville Volunteer Fire Company:  Firefighters discovered a body in a mobile home after a fire in Millville on Monday, Nov. 27.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted by the Millville Volunteer Fire Company: Firefighters discovered a body in a mobile home after a fire in Millville on Monday, Nov. 27.
The fire, on Club House Road near Route 26, was reported just after 1 p.m. on Monday, according to Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael G. Chionchio. When volunteers from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company arrived on the scene, the mobile home was engulfed in flames.

Upon entering the burning structure, firefighters found the body of a person who had not yet been officially identified as of the Coastal Point’s press deadline on Wednesday. The victim’s body has since been transferred to the custody of the state Division of Forensic Services for an autopsy.

Response to the blaze was challenging, MVFC representatives said, because the mobile home was set back off the roadway, with no paved access to the structure.

The mobile home was completely destroyed in the fire, with damages to the structure listed at $10,000. Officials with the Office of the State Fire Marshal were on the scene later in the week, searching for clues as to the cause of the fire, which remains under investigation.

“There’s quite a bit of damage there,” Chionchio said, adding that it makes the investigation a matter of examining evidence, finding clues and returning to the property once again to attempt to piece it all together.

“We’re not going to stop until we figure it all out,” Chionchio said.

Although neighbors said they thought they heard an explosion around the time the fire started, Chionchio said investigators have found “no indication of an explosion” in what is left of the mobile home.

No other injuries were sustained in the fire. In addition to Millville firefighters and officials from the state fire marshal’s and medical examiner’s offices, fire crews from the Bethany Beach and Frankford fire companies responded, as well as Sussex County paramedics and a Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company ambulance.