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UPDATE: Blaze Destroys 3 Mobile Homes, Displaces 16 in Dover

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DOVER, Del. - Authorities say a fire at Dover mobile home park has destroyed three house trailers and displaced 16 people was caused by a portable space heater.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office says the fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. Friday at the Grandview Mobile Home Park on Little Creek Road. When firefighters arrived, they found one home engulfed and flames spreading to two neighboring homes.

Deputy fire marshals determined that a portable space heater in the bedroom of one of the trailers malfunctioned, setting fire to combustible items. Fire officials say a child sleeping in the room was awakened by the smoke and alerted his sibling. They say there were no smoke alarms inside the home.

According to fire officials, three adults and six children made it out safely from the first trailer, while two adults escaped unharmed from a second, and three adults and two children escaped from a third.

The American Red Cross is providing emergency shelter and supplies. Officials say damage is estimated at $30,000.

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