Arson Will Shut Down Target For Weeks And Millions In Damage – First Status Update

The Dover Police Department and the City of Dover Fire Bureau are investigating an arson attack that occurred inside the Target store at 148 John Hunn Brown Road, according to Sergeant Mark Hoffman of the office. Dover Police Public Information.

Hoffman said multiple agencies responded to help extinguish the fire and ventilate the building, including fire departments from the following areas: Dover, Little Creek, Leipsic, Camden-Wyoming, Dover Air Force Base, Hartly, Cheswold, South Bowers Beach, St. Francis EMS and Kent County Paramedics. The fire was under control and crews were able to leave the scene at 12:30 p.m. on July 11. Citizen’s Hose Company (Smyrna) covered the town of Dover during the incident.

Evidence obtained at this stage of the investigation showed that the fire was intentionally started in the laundry section, near the center of the store. The store was quickly evacuated of customers and employees with no injuries reported. Preliminary damage estimates range between $3 million and $4 million in cargo damage from fire, smoke and estimated structural damage that was not readily available, Hoffman said.

Target spokesman Brian Harper-Tibaldo said last night that our Dover, Delaware store was evacuated due to a fire in the sales floor. We are grateful that no one was injured. The store will be closed for the next few weeks for repairs and restocking, and customers are encouraged to visit our Christiana location for all of their needs.

Harper-Tibaldo added that the Dover store employs around 150 team members.

Break report

Delaware State Fire Marshals are investigating a fire at the target located at 148 John Hunn Brown Road in Dover.

Just after 9:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, Dover Fire Brigade responded to the store to report a fire in the store. Upon arrival, command sounded a second alarm which brought in crews from several surrounding companies.

Initial reports from the scene said the fire started in the bedding section of the store. A video posted on social media shows the fire which was initially centered on an island in this section. It is not known if the fire spread beyond this island.

The store was evacuated. No injuries were reported.

This is a developing story.

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