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Fire Heavily Damages Renovated Chicken House in Seaford

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SEAFORD, Del.- A Thursday afternoon fire heavily damaged a 400-foot-long renovated chicken house that was used as three industrial occupancies in Seaford.


The Kissinger family got the phone call Thursday night that their chicken house was up in flames. One of the owners saws what she hoped was a bad joke as a bad dream turned reality. 

The fire was reported at 4 p.m. in the 1200 block of Old Furnace Road. The Seaford Volunteer Fire Company, along with the Blades, Georgetown, Laurel, Ellendale, Bridgeville, Greenwood and other surrounding fire companies, assisted.

According to the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office, firefighters arrived to find heavy fire showing. Water tankers were used to bring water to the scene to put out the fire. There was severe damage to the structure, wood working equipment, several vehicles, including recreation vehicles, automobiles and six Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Investigators say the fire originated on the exterior of the building where hot wood stove ashes were discarded. There were no reported injuries

The fire caused an estimated $750,000 in damage.

Smoke still lingered in the air Friday as Josh Kissinger and his brother sifted through the ashes. 

"This was my dad's shop. He's been here since '92 and been renting this shop. We ran a fence company out of here, we got a lot of fence parts and augers and things that we have lost," said the owner's son, Josh Kissinger of Seaford. 

Among what was lost were woodworking materials, digging tools and cars that were stored inside.

"Just things that aren't coming back. In the blink of an eye, everything was gone," said Kissinger.

Six Harley Davidson motorcycles now are twisted, charred metal.

The family says the focus now is cleaning up. They began working at 6 a.m. Friday morning. 

"He's worried about somebody coming out here, things being missing and stolen," said Kissinger. "So we're going to get it to the scrap yard and get it out of here before somebody else does it for us." 

Their livelihood reduced to scrap.

"There was a lot of memories in here. That is now, that's gone," said Kissinger.



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