Authorities Rule Arson In Selbyville Commercial Fire

SELBYVILLE — The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office this week determined of the early morning fire on July 27 that ravaged the historic and decidedly colorful Pomeroy’s Bar and Package Goods in Selbyville was started in the building and has been deemed arson.

Around 5:15 a.m. on July 27, multiple fire companies from lower Sussex County and Bishopville in Maryland responded to a reported fire at Pomeroy’s on Route 113 just north of the Maryland line.

First-arriving units found heavy fire and smoke pouring from the two-story commercial structure utilized as a liquor store and bar. The establishment was not open at the time and no major injuries were reported.

The commercial building was almost completely destroyed before the fire was brought under control. The initial damage estimates came in at around $300,000. This week, the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office announced it had determined the fire was intentionally started inside the building and the cause has been listed as arson.

A criminal investigation is now underway to identify and charge a suspect or suspects responsible for setting the fire.

Anyone with information regarding the fire or those responsible is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Information can be provided anonymously.