Dover Fire

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More Than 100 Homeless After Buildings Collapse In Dover Fire

October 23, 2018 - 9:31 am

DOVER, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) -- More than 100 people are homeless after a massive fast-moving fire ripped through several buildings in the business district of a New Jersey town.

Firefighters remain on the scene Tuesday hours after the blaze broke out in the basement of a luncheonette in downtown Dover Monday afternoon.

The fire, fed by natural gas, spread quickly to surrounding structures in the town about 30 miles west of New York City.
No one was injured, but six businesses were destroyed and at least four buildings collapsed in the seven-alarm blaze.
Dover Mayor James Dodd calls it devastating.

"This is the worst fire that I can remember and I was born and raised in the town of Dover," Dodd said. "It's devastating to our community."

Dodd says the community was in the middle of developing the downtown area and the fire couldn't have come at a worse time.

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report)