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Person of Interest Sought in Smyrna Bar Fire Probe

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Video surveillance photos of a person of interest sought in connection with the July 4 arson of the Fairways Inn in Smyrna. Video surveillance photos of a person of interest sought in connection with the July 4 arson of the Fairways Inn in Smyrna.

SMYRNA, Del.- Authorities are asking the public's help in identifying a person sought in connection with a fire that ruined a topless bar in Smyrna.  

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office ruled as arson the July 4 blaze at the Fairways Inn at 4167 South DuPont Blvd. On Monday, state fire investigators released photos of a person of interest taken from security surveillance cameras at the bar just prior to the discovery of the fire.

Anyone who may recognize the person or the person's clothing is asked to contact investigators at the State Fire Marshal Office (302) 739-4447 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333.

Damage to the building totaled nearly $400,000, but the building was insured. The owner of the bar says he hopes to rebuild. Owner Willis Duckery said the business' license was renewed last week and after employees' background checks are conducted, he can start looking for a contractor.

Since it opened in 1967, Fairways has been a Kent County fixture as the only topless tavern in the state. Duckery says he hopes to reopen by NASCAR weekend at the Dover International Speedway at the end of September.

Editor's note: The Associated Press contributed to this story.

 

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