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Fire Investigation at Loockerman Street and South New Street

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Incident Number: 50-22-8200

Date/Time:  Wednesday, March 16th, 2022 at 2:39 a.m.

Location: Corner of Loockerman Street and S. New Street, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us

City of Dover Fire Department (Sean Christiansen)

City of Dover Emergency Management (Kay Sass)

City of Dover Fire Marshals Office (Phil Lewis)


The following release is being sent on behalf of the Dover Police Department, City of Dover Fire Department, City of Dover Fire Marshals Office, and City of Dover Emergency Management

The Dover Police and Fire Departments along with the City of Dover Fire Marshals Office are investigating an early morning fire that occurred at a large, mixed-use building on the corner of Loockerman Street and South New Street.  The fire was reported at approximately 2:39 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16th.  Multiple agencies responded to assist, to include fire departments from the following regions: Dover, Leipsic, Little Creek, Camden-Wyoming, Magnolia, Dover Air Force Base, and Hartly.  The fire was declared under control at approximately 7:58 a.m.

At this time, one male victim was found deceased inside of the building and seven others transported to a nearby hospital, with the majority being evaluated and treated for minor injuries and/or smoke inhalation. 

The cause and origin of the fire have not been determined and remain under investigation.

Additional responding agencies include City of Dover Emergency Management, Kent County EMS, St. Francis EMS, and American Red Cross.

Those affected by the fire should contact the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-733-2767.

Loockerman Street from Queen Street to Governors Avenue is expected to remain closed for several hours, with several surrounding streets also affected by closures and detours.  

If you wish to provide information on this case or other criminal activity, please contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Dover Police Victim Services Unit is available to provide help and guidance.  You can contact the Victim Services Unit at 302-736-7134 or by email at: Diane.Glenn@cj.state.de.us

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