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Del. Furniture Store Fire Ruled Accidental

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Damages were estimated at the time of the fire to be approximately $750,000. (Photo: WBOC) Damages were estimated at the time of the fire to be approximately $750,000. (Photo: WBOC)

MILFORD, Del.- Authorities say a late December fire that destroyed a historic furniture store in downtown Milford was accidental in nature.

Heavy heat and smoke severely damaged the three-story Warren Furniture store on the 100 block of South Walnut Street shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26. The Carlisle Fire Company of Milford, along with numerous other fire companies, responded and battled the fire for nearly three hours before placing it under control.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office on Friday announced that the investigation into the blaze concluded that the fire originated in the rear of the first floor showroom, and was caused by an electrical failure in fixed branch circuitry. Investigators believe that due to the location of the failure and type of building construction, the fire burned for an extended time before being discovered. The business was not required to have a fire alarm system due to the age of the building and long-standing tenant, investigators said.

Damages were estimated at the time of the fire to be approximately $750,000. There were no reported injuries.

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