Officers with the Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the cause of a Cheswold house fire.
The blaze was reported by the home's occupants at 9 a.m. Feb. 18, said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal B. Scott Bullock. Units from the Cheswold Fire Company responded to the fire in the unit block of New Street, between West and Commerce streets, to find fire and smoke coming from the first floor of the two-story home.
The fire was placed under control with assistance from several neighboring fire companies, including Dover and Leipsic. All six of the home's residents escaped without injury, although three dogs perished in the fire. The home was not equipped with working smoke detectors, Bullock said.
Fire marshals have determined the blaze started in a first floor bedroom, but the cause has yet to be determined.
The home next door sustained minor heat damage, Bullock said.
Damages are estimated at $125,000, and the Red Cross is assisting the occupants, he added.