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Lewes-area arson fires are under investigation

Cape Gazette of Lewes, Delaware

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The state Fire Marshal's Office continues to investigate an arson that took place in broad daylight April 28 at a home west of Lewes.

Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Randy Lee said he wouldn't rule out the possibility that the same suspect torched a house March 30 on Beaver Dam Road.

"We never rule anything out," Lee said. "All I can say for now is that one of those fires was definitely the work of an arsonist."

Lee said he would not elaborate so as not to hamper the investigations.

The March 30 blaze occurred about 8 p.m. and caused about $10,000 in damages to an unoccupied house. The cause of that fire is still under investigation.

The April 28 fire took place about 7 p.m. and destroyed a family's home in the Estates at Bridle Ridge community. No one was home at the time, and no injuries were reported. Damages to the house on Ashford Drive, which intersects with Robin-sonville Road, are estimated at $500,000.

The home's owners declined to comment beyond saying they have no intention of moving and plan to rebuild immediately.

Several neighbors said they didn't see anyone suspicious in the area at the time the fire occurred.

Anyone with information is asked to call 302-856-5600 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333; text the keyword DSP and a message to 274637 (CRIMES); or submit an online tip at www.tip-submit.com.

Original Publication Date: May 13, 2011



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