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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Woodland Beach fire east of Smyrna ruled accidental, causes $85,000 of damage

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  • Fire damaged a garage/barn Thursdsay afternoon on Woodland Beach Road, east of Smyrna but no injuries were reported.
    The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office has determined the fire in the 4200 block of Woodland Beach Road was accidental.
    A neighbor reported the fire at 12:45 p.m. when they saw smoke coming from the structure.
    Citizens' Hose Company responded to the fire with the help of Leipsic Fire Company and the American Legion Ambulance to find fire showing from a barn and an attached workshop.
    Citizens' Hose Company Public Information Officer Eugene Tucker said the fire was an exterior firefighting operation only because of the intensity of the fire and the partial collapse of the building. Moreover, tankers and engines were used to shuttle water to the blaze because of the location and lack of hydrants in the area.
    Firefighters from Clayton, Middletown and Townsend also responded to the blaze.
    Tucker said it took nearly 60 firefighters with 11 pieces of apparatus approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to bring the fire under control at 2:05 p.m. Captain Jonathan Rutledge, of Citizens' Hose Company, was in charge of the operation.
    Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal B. Scott Bullock said in a release that the fire was caused by sparks/embers from metal cutting equipment igniting nearby combustible materials.
    The fire cause heavy damage to the structure estimated at $85,000.
    Tucker reports no injuries on the scene and firefighters remained in service for 3 hours and 11 minutes. Hartly Fire Company stood by at Citizens' Hose Company firehouse.
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