Long Neck marsh fire is arson
LONG NECK, Del. - A marsh fire that damaged 11 manufactured homes in Sussex County Thursday was intentionally set, according to a fire investigator.
The fire started around 5 p.m. on Portside Lane in the Rehoboth Shores development near Long Neck, said Asst. State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio in a statement.
The damage varied, though the siding melted on several homes near the fire.
The flames burned in a marsh and wooded area, just feet away from nearby homes. None of the homes actually started on fire, said Ryan Mock, Indian River Asst. Fire Chief. At least eight fire companies responded to the scene.
No one was injured, firefighters said. People were eventually allowed to return to their homes, Mock said. Firefighters, joined by the Delaware Forest Service, remained on the scene hours after the fire started to watch for hot spots, Mock said.
Damage is estimated at $22,000, Chionchio said.
State fire investigators are conducting a criminal investigation to find whoever is responsible for the fire.