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Fire at UD Chabad Center ruled arson

A fire at the University of Delaware Chabad Center for Jewish Life Tuesday night has been ruled arson, with no evidence yet of hate crime.

The fire on South College Ave. in Newark was reported just after 11 p.m. 

Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder fought the fire alongside several other companies for three hours. The building sustained “heavy fire damage" amounting to around $75,000, according to the state Fire Marshal’s office. 

Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio says a criminal arson investigation is underway. Investigators are looking for tips and following leads. 

Chionchio says there are no signs yet that it was a hate crime, although the investigation is in the early stages.


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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