Damages estimated at $800,000.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office was notified to investigate the origin and cause of an early morning fire that damaged (5) town houses in the Canary Creek Development, located in Lewes, DE.

A fire occurred at the condominiums in the Canary Creek community in Lewes early Monday morning.

The fire started around 1 a.m. in the 100 block of Carter Way. First arriving firefighters reported heavy fire showing in the rear of three townhomes. Three occupants and two pets were able to escape without injury. The blaze was under control by 2 a.m. and all units had cleared the scene by 4 a.m.

The Lewes Volunteer Fire Department, assisted by Milton, Rehoboth Beach, Slaughter Beach, Indian River, and Georgetown Volunteer Fire Companies, along with Sussex County EMS, responded to the scene. 

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office investigated and determined the incident was accidental in nature and occurred when a resident improperly discarded smoking materials outside, which ignited combustible materials on the exterior of the condominium. The fire then extended to two more units, while two other units suffered heat damages. Total damages are estimated at $800,000.