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Cause Determined for Mid-Atlantic Family Practice Fire

LEWES, Del. -  The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says the fire that severely damaged the Mid-Atlantic Family Practice Thursday was caused by an accidental mulch fire that rapidly ignited the rest of the building. It's believed a lit cigarette ignited the mulch

The Fire Marshal says the fire broke out around 3:41 p.m. Thursday in the 20000 block of John J. Williams Highway in Lewes. Fire officials say the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company, assisted by Lewes, Indian River, Milton, Georgetown, Millsboro, Dagsboro, Bethany Beach, Slaughter Beach, Slaughter Beach, Gumboro, and Roxana fire companies extinguished the flames.

Fire officials say five doctors were inside the building when the fire started, along with many physician's assistants and other staff.  Firefighters say everyone was able to get out of the building safely.
Fire officials say one firefighter from Indian River Volunteer Fire Company was treated and released from Beebe Medical Center with minor injuries.

Through the investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office, it was determined the fire started outside the building on the west end. Total fire damage was estimated at $1 million. Owners of the family practice hope to open temporary offices by late next week in Sussex County.

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