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.

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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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