SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del. — Multiple homes have been severely damaged by fire in Delaware.

News outlets report a Christmas night fire in Slaughter Beach left at least two houses destroyed, and caused damage to multiple others.

Michael Chionchio is an assistant state fire marshal with the Kent County Division. He says high winds spread the Monday evening blaze in the residential neighborhood. Fire companies were still on the scene as of 1:15 a.m. Tuesday morning.

In a Tuesday statement, Chionchio said the heavy fire damage is expected to exceed $500,000. He says there have been no reported injuries.

Memorial Volunteer Fire Company Chief Terry Jester says heat from the fire ignited propane tanks in the area.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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