The Dover Police and Fire departments along with the City of Dover Fire Marshals Office are investigating an early morning fire in downtown that claimed one life.
The blaze was reported at 2:39 a.m. on Wednesday, at a mixed-use apartment-retail building on the corner of Loockerman Street and South New Street. Fire companies responded from Dover, Leipsic, Little Creek, Camden-Wyoming, Magnolia, Dover Air Force Base, and Hartly. The fire was declared under control at 7:58 a.m.
One male was found dead inside of the building and seven others were taken to Bayhealth Dover, with the majority being evaluated and treated for minor injuries and/or smoke inhalation.
The cause and origin of the fire have not been determined.
Loockerman Street from Queen Street to Governors Avenue is expected to remain closed for several hours, with several surrounding streets also affected by closures and detours.