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    MILFORD, Del. (AP) - A fire Friday afternoon in downtown Milford
    damaged several businesses but there were no reports of injuries,
    authorities said.
    The fire apparently broke out at Wiley's Hardware and Appliances
    on Walnut Street about 3 p.m. and spread to adjacent businesses,
    including a barber shop, music school, bookstore and church.
    Firefighters were still battling three hours later to contain
    the blaze, which ravaged much of an entire city block.
    "It's pretty well engulfed," said Milford police dispatcher
    Danny Stevenson.
    Assistant fire chief Billy Baker said the fire was declared
    under control at about 7:10 p.m.
    Authorities said about 100 volunteer firefighters from Milford
    and surrounding communities battled the blaze. A few were treated
    for heat exhaustion.
    A firefighter from Felton said he could see smoke from the fire
    eight miles outside Milford, a former shipbuilding community about
    20 miles south of Dover, with a population of about 7,000.
    "Wiley's is gone," said Steve Pikus, whose family owns a shoe
    store on Walnut Street, where some buildings are more than 100
    years old.
    Pikus said a firefighter told him the blaze damaged almost every
    building along an entire block.
    "It's very unfortunate," he said. "The buildings are so close
    together."
    The blaze is likely to deal a blow to efforts to revitalize the
    downtown area along the banks of the Mispillion River.
    "Downtown, as far as getting stores opening, ... has always
    taken two steps forward and one step back," Pikus said. "This is
    another step back."
    Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, a Milford native, visited the scene as
    crews continued to fight the fire. Officials informed her that the
    books in the bookstore could smolder for days, said Minner
    spokesman Greg Patterson.
    "It's going to be a big setback for the downtown," Patterson
    said.




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