Firefighters are investigating an early morning fire at Swell Tiki Bar & Grill in Rehoboth. At 1:20am on Friday, someone reported a fire at the location. Swell is located on Rehoboth Avenue-Extended in in the West Rehoboth/Henlopen area.
Located in the old Big Sissies space, the bar recently opened this year by Rehoboth Beach Realtor Helen Fausnaught and long-time Rigby’s chef Woody Voelker.
Resident DJ and promoter Nan Martino was expecting to set up for her event this morning when she heard the news. “It is a great little bar with a nice vibe and very wonderful ownership,” says Martino (also know as DJ Nan). “We were just getting into the groove for the summer and upcoming fall. We hope they can rebuild better than ever.”
No injuries have been reported. The Delaware State Fire Marshal is currently investigating.
UPDATE: The Swell Tiki Bar & Grill released the following statement on their Facebook page:
“It is with great sadness that we are sharing the following news: An electrical fire broke out early this morning in our space causing extensive damage to the interior of our Tiki Bar as well as the structure itself. The good news is that no one was injured in this unfortunate event. Please keep us in your prayers as we begin to rebuild our dream of owning a really swell place in Rehoboth Beach!”