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Fire Leaves Lewes Hotel Severely Damaged

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LEWES, De. - Late Thursday night, flames could be seen on Coastal Highway, as a blaze caused severe damage to the Red Mill Inn in Lewes. The State Fire Marshall said the fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damages, although workers at the scene said that could rise to an even larger amount. The fire started at 10:30 Thursday night, destroying the center building of the hotel.

The fire began when room 19 caught fire, for reasons not yet determined. It then spread to other rooms, until the majority of the center building was destroyed.

The co-owner of the hotel, Percilla Mall said it was heartbreaking to look at what was left of her hotel on Friday morning. Ceilings were collapsed, floors were covered in ash, and the entire building showed significant signs of smoke and water damage.

"It's a lifetime of hard work," Mall said as she looked at what was left of her hotel. 

She and her husband had been running the hotel for many years, and she said it was like her "baby."

"I painted the doors," she said over tears. "I painted the driveway. I worked really hard."

WBOC asked her whether the hotel would rebuild, and she had a decisive answer.

"Of course," she said. 

Friday morning, Robert Keefer worked to clean up the mess that was left behind. His company Gale Force Cleaning and Restoration is responsible of removing the damage from the scene. 

"This (fire) is pretty extensive," he said as he looked at the damage. "There's smoke and soot throughout. Lot's of repairs to do and there's a lot of water found in the walls.

The fire Marshall continues to investigate what caused this fire.

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