UPDATE: Overnight fire claims life of one, injures several others in Dover

1280 Dover Fatal Fire

2:50 p.m. UPDATE: Dover Police have released more information on Wednesday’s fatal fire.

The victim found dead inside of the building has been identified as 57-year-old Gowens Williams. Six of the seven individuals taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and/or smoke inhalation have been released, with the exception of one woman who reportedly returned to the hospital for further treatment of symptoms related to smoke inhalation that are not life threatening.

Fire crews and investigators are still on scene at this time and say the surrounding roadways are expected to remain closed for the next several hours at least, possibly longer. Motorists are urged to seek alternate routes and should make plans to do so in the coming days as cleanup continues and investigators work to determine the safety of the area and what remains of the structure.

The cause and origin of the fire has still not been determined at this time.


DOVER, Del. – One person has died and several others were injured in an overnight fire in Dover.

We’re told the fire was reported at around 2:40 a.m., at a large, mixed-use building on the corner of Loockerman Street and South New Street. Multiple agencies responded to assist, including fire departments from Dover, Leipsic, Little Creek, Camden-Wyoming, Magnolia, Dover Air Force Base, and Hartly. The fire was placed under control just before 8 a.m.

One male victim was reportedly found dead inside of the building. Seven others were taken to a nearby hospital, where we’re told the majority were evaluated and treated for minor injuries and/or smoke inhalation.

The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation. Loockerman Street from Queen Street to Governors Avenue is expected to remain closed for several hours, with several surrounding streets also impacted by closures and detours.

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