No injuries from fire that destroyed Laurel apartment building and displaced 12 families

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The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating a Thursday night fire that destroyed an apartment building in the western Sussex County community of Laurel.

Fifty-four people (12 families) were displaced. No injuries were reported at the former Rigbie Hotel.

The blaze was reported shortly before 7 p.m. in the 100 block of North Central Ave. 

The Laurel Fire Department arrived on the scene and found smoke and flames coming from the 16 unit structure.

The building was occupied at the time of the fire and occupants were able to escape without injury. Mutual aid fire companies assisted in battling the blaze.

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The origin of the fire was located, but not disclosed and the cause currently remains under investigation.  

Damage is estimated at $1 million.

Donations for those displaced by the fire can be made via the  Good Ole Boy Foundation and not through Laurel Fire Department. As of the early afternoon, $10,000 had been raided.

The fund-raising site reported that residents lost everything in the fire, with the foundation finding temporary housing at area hotels.

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