Early morning fire guts Delaware restaurant

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office has ruled an early morning fire that extensively burned a historic restaurant was started intentionally.

The Fire Marshall’s office is continuing to investigate the incident but has ruled the fire is arson.

Firefighters battled a blaze early this morning at the former Coach House restaurant in Claymont.

The landmark restaurant, which had operated most recently as the Bourbon St. Grill, went up in flames just before 5 a.m. The building at 2605 Philadelphia Pike was vacant at the time of the fire. No one was injured in the fire.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the 5,800-square-foot building had been for sale at $650,000 earlier this year, but realtor.com now shows it as “under contract.”

The estimated damage to the property is $550,000.

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