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Updated: Long Neck Area Fire Ruled Arson

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A burned out truck from Tuesday night's fire. (Photo: WBOC) A burned out truck from Tuesday night's fire. (Photo: WBOC)

MILLSBORO, Del.- Authorities have ruled as arson a Tuesday night fire that caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to several storage buildings and vehicles in the Long Neck area of Millsboro. 

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office said the blaze occurred shortly before 7 p.m. in the 31000 block of Eagle Lane, located off of John J Williams Highway. The Indian River Vol. Fire Company, assisted by Millsboro, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Dagsboro volunteer fire companies placed the fire under control in less than half an hour. 

Damages are estimated at approximately $25,000. There were no reported injuries.

Indian River Vol. Fire Company officials said no one was at home when the fire started, and the fire did not spread to the house. They said the blaze was contained to a delivery truck, shed, storage container and small boat.

State fire marshal investigators determined the fire was criminal in nature and intentionally set.  

Property owners Stephen and Michelle Nadolny run a yard-sale business on the site. They say items such as computers, televisions, and appliances were destroyed in the blaze. None of the merchandise was insured, and the Nadolnys say it will cost them at least $5,000 to safely dispose of the wreckage. They've started a GoFundMe page to help cover that. 

According to Stephen Nadolny, the fire has stopped his business for the rest of the year.

"It's all gone, but we'll start it up next year again," he said. "We'll get it back going."

Nadolny says he can't imagine who would do this to their family.

"We've had a few complaints on traffic on the road but that's a given. We had a lot of stuff here and a lot of people stop here," he told WBOC. "We don't have a lot of people who don't like us... until now."

Michelle Nadolny, Stephen's wife, says the only motive she can think of is jealousy, but it's not deterring her.

"Maybe they feel they can knock us down, but this will just make us stronger," she said. "And we'll be up and going again." 

The investigation is continuing at this time.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office at (302) 856-5600.

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