Officials Say Fire In Downtown Milton Ruled Accidental

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The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating a structure fire that damaged a structure in Milton, Delaware on September 22, 2020, according to Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal John Galaska.

Galaska said the fire, reported shortly after 1200 P.M., occurred in the 100 block of Federal Street, and damaged a row of mercantile and residential mixed occupancies. The Milton Fire Department arrived on the scene and found smoke and flames coming from the rear of the structure. Mutual aid fire companies assisted at the scene.

State fire investigators were called to the scene and performed an investigation to determine the fire’s origin and cause. The cause of the fire has been identified as an electrical malfunction of an appliance cord located on the second-floor rear exterior deck area.

Fire damage is estimated at $100,000. The structure was occupied at the time of the fire and occupants were able to escape without injury. The structure was equipped with working smoke detectors. There were no other reported injuries.

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