Arson at Historic Delaware Parsonage Remains Unsolved

August 12, 2010

Fire authorities say a Feb. 10 arson blaze that heavily damaged a parsonage left from Delaware’s oldest Catholic church remains unsolved.

Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Alan Brown said Monday that the state fire marshal’s office is open to any public tips about the fire at the three-story stone house, which occurred during a heavy winter snowstorm that put much of Delaware under state-of-emergency restrictions.

The Coffee Run Mission parsonage was built in 1812 south of Hockessin and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. Local historians had called the parsonage, the building where clergy once resided, a national treasure.

Attempts to preserve the building were being attempted before the fire.

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