Rehoboth Homeowners, Witnesses React to Destructive Fire - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Rehoboth Homeowners, Witnesses React to Destructive Fire

Posted: Mar 13, 2018 5:12 PM Updated:

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- As Delaware state fire marshals investigate a blaze that destroyed two beach houses and damaged three others in Rehoboth Beach, some people in the area are already planning to rebuild.

"I feel bad but I also feel good that it's going to be reconstructed," says David Main, whose house was burned to the ground. "I think it'll be a chance to put up an even better house if we can."

Main was at his primary residence in Northern Virginia when he got an alert from his Sand Dune Drive home's alarm system. He said shortly thereafter he learned his home would be a total loss.

"I think everybody is just stunned that it would happen," he says.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says it believes the house next to Main's is where the fire started. But the exact origin and cause have yet to be determined. Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Harry Miller says he does not believe the house where the fire started had an automatic fire alarm system or sprinklers. At the moment, deputy state fire marshals are contacting witnesses and residents as part of the investigation.

"Anybody that was here yesterday smelled any odors, anything like that, we'll gladly take any information people have to offer," he says.

One witness was Everett Wodiska, a limo driver who was driving a client home when the fire started around 3 a.m. He says he immediately called 9-1-1.

"The fire was just enormous," he recalls. "The flames were at least 60 feet up into the air. It was clear as day across the lake."

Wodiska says the strong winds made him think the fire could spread southbound, a fear shared by Rehoboth Fire Chief Chuck Snyder. 

"The houses to the south were in real grave danger," he says. "The folks that came and assisted us from Lewes and Bethany Beach set up their ladder trucks here and saved those two structures from burning down. There is damage to them, however they are still standing so that's a testament to the winds that were blowing here and what those guys had to put up with."

Snyder says cold temperatures and low water pressure from a nearby hydrant also were challenging for operations, with the latter requiring crews to pump water from Silver Like.

The State Fire Marshal's office estimates the damages to be worth around $5 million. 

.

 


 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Updated: Police ID Man Killed After Car Crashes into Salisbury House

    Updated: Police ID Man Killed After Car Crashes into Salisbury House

    Sunday, November 10 2019 9:13 AM EST2019-11-10 14:13:26 GMT
    Monday, November 11 2019 3:53 PM EST2019-11-11 20:53:26 GMT
    (Photo: Salisbury Police Department)(Photo: Salisbury Police Department)
    (Photo: Salisbury Police Department)(Photo: Salisbury Police Department)
    Salisbury police have released the name of a 19-year-old man killed after the car he was riding in crashed into a house on the 400 block of West College Avenue overnight Sunday.More
    Salisbury police have released the name of a 19-year-old man killed after the car he was riding in crashed into a house on the 400 block of West College Avenue overnight Sunday.More
  • Businesses & Organizations Honor Veterans Throughout Sussex County

    Businesses & Organizations Honor Veterans Throughout Sussex County

    Monday, November 11 2019 5:52 PM EST2019-11-11 22:52:17 GMT
    Monday, November 11 2019 5:52 PM EST2019-11-11 22:52:17 GMT
    Meineke, DART and America Legion are a few of the groups that honored veterans through free services and ceremonies.More
    Meineke in Lewes, DART and American Legion are a few of the groups that honored veterans through free services and ceremonies. More
  • Falling Temperatures May Make Mid-November Feel More Like January

    Falling Temperatures May Make Mid-November Feel More Like January

    Monday, November 11 2019 5:42 PM EST2019-11-11 22:42:19 GMT
    Monday, November 11 2019 5:42 PM EST2019-11-11 22:42:19 GMT
    A child in January 2017 walks to school after a light dusting of snow in Dover.A child in January 2017 walks to school after a light dusting of snow in Dover.
    A child in January 2017 walks to school after a light dusting of snow in Dover.A child in January 2017 walks to school after a light dusting of snow in Dover.
    DOVER, Del. --- After enjoying temperatures in the 60s on Monday, many people around the Delmarva Peninsula may be bundling up over the next few days. Forecasters say temperatures are set to drop on Tuesday, potentially causing expected rainfall to mix wiMore
    DOVER, Del. --- After enjoying temperatures in the 60s on Monday, many people around the Delmarva Peninsula may be bundling up over the next few days. Forecasters say temperatures are set to drop on Tuesday, potentially causing expected rainfall to mix wiMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Police ID Man Killed After Car Crashes into Salisbury House

    Updated: Police ID Man Killed After Car Crashes into Salisbury House

    Sunday, November 10 2019 9:13 AM EST2019-11-10 14:13:26 GMT
    Monday, November 11 2019 3:53 PM EST2019-11-11 20:53:26 GMT
    (Photo: Salisbury Police Department)(Photo: Salisbury Police Department)
    (Photo: Salisbury Police Department)(Photo: Salisbury Police Department)
    Salisbury police have released the name of a 19-year-old man killed after the car he was riding in crashed into a house on the 400 block of West College Avenue overnight Sunday.More
    Salisbury police have released the name of a 19-year-old man killed after the car he was riding in crashed into a house on the 400 block of West College Avenue overnight Sunday.More
  • Two Dead After Hitting Dover Utility Pole

    Two Dead After Hitting Dover Utility Pole

    Sunday, November 10 2019 3:37 PM EST2019-11-10 20:37:06 GMT
    Monday, November 11 2019 7:31 AM EST2019-11-11 12:31:47 GMT
    (Photo: MGN Online)(Photo: MGN Online)
    (Photo: MGN Online)(Photo: MGN Online)
    Two men are dead after their car ran off a road in Dover and into a utility pole Sunday morning, according to police.More
    Two men are dead after their car ran off a road in Dover and into a utility pole Sunday morning, according to police.More
  • Updated: Police ID Driver Killed in Greenwood Crash

    Updated: Police ID Driver Killed in Greenwood Crash

    Sunday, November 10 2019 3:28 PM EST2019-11-10 20:28:04 GMT
    Monday, November 11 2019 9:45 AM EST2019-11-11 14:45:36 GMT
    Photo: Delaware State PolicePhoto: Delaware State Police
    Photo: Delaware State PolicePhoto: Delaware State Police
    Delaware State Police have released the name of a driver killed in a weekend car crash on Route 13 in Greenwood.More
    Delaware State Police have released the name of a driver killed in a weekend car crash on Route 13 in Greenwood. More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices