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Fire destroys apartment building, displaces dozens

January 28, 2022 GMT

LAUREL, Del. (AP) — Dozens of people have been displaced after a fire destroyed a Delaware apartment building, fire officials announced Friday.

The fire broke out in the 16-unit apartment building on North Central Avenue in Laurel around 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release from the Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Firefighters found smoke and flames coming from the building when they arrived, officials said. The people inside at the time were able to escape without injury, but fire officials said 54 people have been displaced.

State fire investigators determined the origin of the blaze, but they are still investigating the cause, officials said. Damage is estimated at $1 million.