Investigators are probing the cause of a Nov. 16 barn fire on the DSU campus

Investigators from the Dover Fire Marshal’s office are probing the cause of a fire that destroyed a barn on the Delaware State University campus Thursday night.

The blaze was reported 7:36 p.m. Nov. 16, sending fire crews from Cheswold, Dover, Leipsic and Little Creek to the scene, Dover Assistant Fire Chief Michael J. O’Connor Jr. said.

The fire was placed under control in just under two hours, O’Connor said, adding crews stayed on the scene mopping up for another 90 minutes.

“The barn is basically a total loss,” university spokesman Carlos Holmes said Friday morning. “A van that was parked outside was engulfed by the fire, and that’s a total loss.”

Holmes said the barn had been built in the 1920s and was used when the school was actively engaged in on-campus agriculture. It most recently had been used for storage, he said.

The blaze could be seen across the campus and from areas adjacent to the school, he said. There were no injuries reported, Holmes added.

“It was pretty well removed from the student population, in the back of the campus,” he said.

Dover Deputy Fire Marshal Matthew Brown said the origin and cause of the fire are under investigation as of Friday morning.

Brown confirmed the total destruction of the barn and van, adding an adjacent building received minor fire damage as did four older, out of service vehicles.

NOTE: This story was updated with photographs at 10:54 a.m.