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Updated: Fire Damages Restaurant Near Rehoboth Beach

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(Photo credit: Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company) (Photo credit: Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company)
(Photo credit: Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company) (Photo credit: Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company)
(Photo credit: Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company) (Photo credit: Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company)
(Photo credit: Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company) (Photo credit: Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Authorities have ruled as accidental an early Friday morning fire that occurred at the Swell Tiki Bar & Grill located west of Rehoboth Beach. 

Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company officials said firefighters responded to the blaze just before 1:30 a.m. at the restaurant, located in the Henlopen Junction Shopping Center on the 37000 block of Rehoboth Avenue Ext. 

According to officials, upon arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from the unoccupied building's roof and attic. The Rehoboth Beach VFC was assisted by the Lewes Fire Department, the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company, as well as Sussex EMS. The fire was placed under control shortly after 2 a.m., according to officials. They said units remained on the scene for more than two hours doing overhaul and checking for extensions. 

There were no reported injuries. 

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office, which investigated the incident, said the fire originated in the attic area of the structure and was caused by a malfunction in branch circuit wiring. 

Damages have been estimated at $75,000, according to investigators. 

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