Parts of the Delaware Legislative Hall were reportedly damaged in a Wednesday afternoon fire, Dover Fire Department said. Firefighters were battling and trying to contain the 2-alarm fire in the Delaware’s capitol that was evacuated as flames spread to certain parts of the building.
“There is extensive damage on the north side of the building from the basement to the attic. We have not yet determined the cause of the fire. The fire marshal is still investigating,” Dover Fire Chief Mike Hall said, as reported by Delaware First Media.
By 4:30 p.m., crews from several neighboring fire companies were assisting the Dover Fire Department in containing the fire. The damage caused by the fire spread to the second floor and the basement, the water damage occurred on the first floor and attic and the roof suffered structural damage.
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“We covered a lot of offices with our tarps to try to limit the water damage from those offices. However, it’s going to be, in my opinion, an extensive clean-up,” Hall said.
An hour after the initial call was made, more than a dozen fire trucks responded to the scene. Flames could not be witnessed from outside of the building. A Capitol Police officer suffered smoke inhalation, and was subsequently transported to the Kent General Hospital for treatment.
The legislative hall, built in 1930 with two wings that were added to the building in 1994, is a Georgian Revival colonial structure made of handmade brick.
Lawmakers are not currently in session. According to 6abc.com, there were not many staff members in the building as the General Assembly is on break until January.
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