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C,1.])lg GA2TI,(y, Jue 9 - June 15, 2000 11 Chuck Snyder photo Suspicious fire levels empty farmhouse Delaware State Fire Marshal officials are investigating a fire that leveled an empty farmhouse at the corner of Sussex 275 and 283 - the Plantations and Cedar Grove roads - in the early morning hours of Monday, June 5. Lewes Fire Depart- ment President Lou Rickards said the fire appeared "very suspicious." Rickards said the alarm was called in at 12:28 a.m. Monday. "When Duty Officer Craig Stephens arrived on the scene he reported a two and a half story farm house heav- ily involved," said Rickards. "i-Ie called for a second alarm for Lewes and additional trucks also came to the scene from Re- hoboth Beach and Indian River fire companies. The house had been empty for years and the main problem for the fire- fighters was protecting the power lines which they did," said Rickards. He said the building has been known locally for years as the Daniel Drain farm house and was the scene of a barn fire many years ago. "it was a very suspicious fire," said Rickards. "There hadn't been lightning for a few days and I don't believe power to the house was turned on." He said wa- ter was tanked to the scene from Lewes and Rehoboth Beach and the fire was under control at 1:10 am. Firefighters were on the scene until 3 a.m. "it couldn't have been any prettier ff it had been a controlled burning," said Rickards about the nature of the fire. "It went so fast." Lighthouse Continued from page 1 ing to some, hut it could be low- ered. "This is for the Cadillac of reconstructions, and we don't nec- essarily need a Cadillac," McBride said. "If we substitute concrete for quarried granite stones, we can save some money. And if we do away with the whale-oil vat that used to hold the light's fuel, we can save some money. We can cut costs, I be- lieve, and still proceed with ex- ploring this idea." McBride said he is still "excited and enthusiastic" about his idea to recreate the old lighthouse, which fell into the ocean in April 1926, victim of a westward moving shoreline. "Obviously, this is all exploratory. But in my mind, if we could rebuild the lighthouse and keeper's house and use them as a museum or visitor's center some- where near Cape Henlopen State Park, I think it would benefit the public in many ways and be a big attraction for the area." Division of Historical and Cul- tural Affairs Director Dan Grif- fith, who supported McBride's concept of rebuilding the light- house when the study was launched, Feb. 16, said after re- viewing the Bernardon & Associ- ates report: "What we have now is a nine-page study with I I draw- ings that show exactly how we could rebuild the lighthouse com- plex and exactly what that would cost. The next step for us will be to review the architect's findings and possibly use some remaining money on that account to study a less costly way to do the project." McBride said he favors forming a blue-ribbon panel of prominent stale officials and citizens to fur- ther explore the possibility of re- building Cape Henlopen Light- house. "We need a public-private effort to investigate all this infor- mation and determine whether it should be done or shouldn't be done," McBride said. "It would be a nice public-private project. And it really doesn't have to be a Cadil- lac; it could just as well be a Ford." Lewes designates June 5-9 Hurricane Awareness Week The City of Lewes, part of the nationwide Project Impact initia- tive, has issued a proclamation declaring June 5-9 as Hurricane Awareness Week. Hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. The proclamation urges all citi- zens to recognize the potential dangers associated with hurri- canes and to take steps to prepare themselves and their property in the event of such a storm occur- ring. Red over tan. Very nice, driver quality. Same owner last 15 years. Garage kept. Runs very w.ll. $8,995 Soft blue, tan trim. A total professional restora- tion, Automatic, PS, PB, this one must be $19,500 Red over tan leather. All original. Garage kept. PS, PB, PW, PS, cmlae, hard to find. Rare mod- I $16,500 Black with black convertible top. PS, PB, PW, PL, cruise. 49,000 miles. A great looking little car We,. $12,900 Black/Mack. All records g service books. Nev- er alJsed. Garage kept since new. Same own- er since 11,000 milesl 900 Two tone wine metallic. Light saddle leather. Every Lexus option. Only 19,000 miles, ractory wn,00. $29,500 Red over black. Only 43,000 original miles. 6 cylinders, 5 speed, well maintained. Must seel $10,900 Full professional restoration. Black tan canvas top. Olive & tan interior. Must seel Gorgeous, rare& original. $10,500 '78 Rolls '55 T Bird '99 Suburban '97 328 IC '95 GMC XCab JUST ARRIVED '93 $10 Blazer '87 Jeep CJ '49 Plymouth 4 DR '93 740 iL '92 Vet Red '97 Jaguar '85 500 SEC '63 Dart Conv.