Discarded cigarette sparks raging townhouse fire in Delaware

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Fire rips through townhouse in Odessa, Del.: Brian Taff reports on Action News at 4 p.m., May 3, 2018 (WPVI)

Firefighters from the Odessa Fire Company spent Thursday afternoon battling a raging fire in the Willow Grove Mill Townhouse Community.

It happened around 1 p.m. in the 900 block of Lansdowne Road.

Firefighters said when they arrived there were flames shooting out of the front of a middle of row townhouse.

Deputies from the State Fire Marshal's office determined that the fire started outside of the home in a mulch bed and subsequently spread to the siding.

Investigators said the cause of the fire was discarded smoking material.

Damage was estimated at approximately $250,000.

The homeowner and neighboring residents are being assisted by The Red Cross of Delamarva.

No injuries were reported.
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