One dead, several injured in devastating fire in downtown Dover

At least one person has died and several more have been injured in an early morning fire that tore through a building in downtown Dover.

The Dover Police and Fire Department, along with the City of Dover Fire Marshal’s Office, are investigating the blaze that broke out around 2:30 a.m., Wednesday at a large, mixed-use building on the corner of Loockerman Street and South New Street.

Multiple agencies responded to assist and the fire was finally brought under control around 8 a.m. following hours of efforts to extinguish the blaze.

At this time, officials say one male victim was found deceased inside the building and seven others have been transported to a nearby hospital, with the majority being evaluated and treated for minor injuries and/or smoke inhalation.

The cause and origin of the fire have not yet been determined and remain under investigation at this time.

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.

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