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Fire Ruins Restaurant in Dover

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DOVER, Del.- Authorities have ruled as accidental a Tuesday night fire that ruined a popular Dover restaurant.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office said the blaze was reported at 10:41 p.m. at the Touchdown Lounge, located on the 1600 block of South DuPont Highway.

The Camden-Wyoming Fire Company and the Dover Fire Department responded to the 911 call and arrived with heavy smoke coming from the roof area of the business. According to investigators, the business was open and operating at the time of the fire and all patrons safely evacuated without any injuries. The fire was placed under control at 11:15 p.m.

Investigators determined the fire originated in a restroom ceiling and was caused by a malfunction with a light/fan fixture. 

Authorities said two employees complained of inhalation complications after attempting to suppress the fire with fire extinguishers, but refused medical treatment.

Damages are estimated at $150,000. The business was not able to remain open for business, according to the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Ralph Figueroa, who owns the Touchdown Lounge, said he is now in the process of cleaning up from the blaze and plans to rebuild.

"The next step is cleaning for a day, getting everything out of the kitchen, and to fix the busted water pipes," he said. "All in all, it should be fairly quick to get back up and operational.

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