Accidental fire damages business, residential building in downtown Milford

MILFORD – The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office has determined a building fire that occurred this morning in downtown Milford, in Kent County, was accidental in nature.  The fire was reported at 6:15 a.m. in the unit block of North West Front St. in Milford at the Nice and Fresh Barbershop.

The Carlisle Fire Company of Milford responded to the call and arrived with fire coming from the first floor windows at the rear of the structure.  Assistance was requested from several neighboring fire companies with an aggressive interior fire attack, by firefighters, to control the fire.  The fire was placed under control at 7:20am, with no injuries reported.

The building has multiple occupancies, with business and mercantile on the first floor and apartment units on the second and third floors. No damage was sustained to the third-floor units, and only minor damage was sustained to a second-floor unit. The unit involved in the fire was the Nice and Fresh Barbershop, with an attached clothing store all run by the same tenant.

Deputy State Fire Marshals responded to the scene to conduct the investigation into the cause of the fire. Deputies determined an operating light fixture in the rear of the store failed and ignited combustible materials in the clothing store. Significant damage was sustained to the clothing store portion with smoke and water damage to the barbershop and the business unit next to the barbershop.

Damages are estimated at $100,000, according to Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal B. Scott Bullock.

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