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Seventeen Fire Companies Respond to Slaughter Beach Fire to Ensure Enough Water

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SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del.- Several fire companies responded to a fire in Slaughter Beach Wednesday afternoon to ensure enough water was available to extinguish the blaze.

This is the second fire to start on Bay Avenue in Slaughter Beach. Because there aren't any fire hydrants on the street, fire companies have to reply on tanker trucks filled with water. 

The Milton Fire Department arrived with two tanker trucks, one that can hold up to 2,500 gallons of water and the other can hold up to 4,200 gallons. 

Chad Clendaniel, assistant fire chief of the Milton Fire Department, said because the fire was in the afternoon, his crew wasn't as big as he wished. 

"That was our big issue on scene: man power. But I feel we learned a lot from the first fire and were able to handle this a little more quickly," said Clendaniel. 

Some neighbors said they weren't worried that their street doesn't have fire hydrants. 

"The Slaughter Beach Fire Company is an excellent fire company and they have a huge tanker truck that can handle any kind of fire hazard or fire situation," said Jimmy Dalton, who lives in Slaughter Beach. 

Deputy fire marshals have determined that this was an accidental fire caused by a house generator on the exterior of the home. There were no reported injuries. Heavy fire damage was estimated at $800,000 total. 

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