“Evidence obtained at this point in the investigation has shown the fire was intentionally set in the linen section, near the center of the store.” | Dover Police Department.
DOVER (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: A fire at a Dover area Target has caused more than $3 Million dollars in damages Sunday night, the Dover Police Department said in a news release on behalf of the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Both agencies are investigating the fire at 148 John Hunn Brown Road in Dover. Investigators say evidence obtained at this point in the investigation has shown the fire was intentionally set in the linen section, near the center of the store.
“Evidence obtained at this point in the investigation has shown the fire was intentionally set in the linen section, near the center of the store., Said Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer for the Dover Police Department. “The store was quickly evacuated of customers and employees with no injuries reported.”
Investigators say it took multiple agencies to assist in suppressing the fire and ventilating the building, to include fire departments from Dover, Little Creek, Leipsic, Camden-Wyoming, Dover Air Force Base, Hartly, Cheswold, and South Bowers Beach.
The store was quickly evacuated of customers and employees with no injuries reported. Investigators say the water sprinkler system also engaged during the fire.
“This breaks my heart that some one could set a fire to my favorite place in Delaware.,” Said Christa Foraker. “I hope they find the person who did it and god I hope target opens back up so I can visit my favorite place to visit.”
St. Francis EMS and Kent County Paramedics were on stand by at the scene to provide basic EMS and Life Support if needed.
Hoffman said the fire was under control and crews were able to leave the scene by 12:30am, July, 11, 2022. During the fire incident, the Citizen’s Hose Company (Smyrna) provided fire services to the City of Dover.
Police were reviewing surveillance video, however, the process was slowed when power to the Target was cut during the firefighting efforts.
Preliminary damage estimates range between $3 – $4 million dollars in merchandise damage from the fire, smoke, and Estimated damages to the structure were not readily available.
Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibaldo said, “The store will be closed for the next several weeks during repairs and restocking, and guests are welcome to visit our Christiana location for all of their needs.”
“We’re grateful that no one was injured,” he said.
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