Emergency crews were on the scene of a fire at the iconic Towers Bed & Breakfast in downtown Milford on Saturday, January 9. According to the Milford Police Department, officers responded to a report of a house fire on the 100 block of NW Front St at approximately 7:32 pm on January 9, 2016. Emergency crews on the scene believe that the fire may be the result of a vehicle that struck the house, hit a gas line and left the scene. The fire is being investigated by the Delaware State Fire Marshall’s Office. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Milford Police Department at 302-422-8081, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-Tip-3333 or milfordpolicede.org/leave-a-
“It is still unknown at this time what exactly sparked the gas line turning the incident into a damaging fire,” stated Ryan Knowles, President of Carlisle Fire Company. “Firefighters attempted for several hours to extinguish the blaze but were met with many obstacles due to the age of the structure and the many different construction additions over the years.”
Carlisle, Ellendale, Frederica, and Harrington Fire Departments all responded and the fire was under control and extinguished at approximately 10 pm, after causing extensive damage to the house. On NW Front St fire crews could be seen advancing lines in the second and third floors with fire continuing to be a problem in the roof and walls. Crews cut holes in the roof to extinguish the blaze and . EMS is assessing one injured firefighter at this time. According to Knowles there were no hotel occupants at the time of the fire but the two owners were displaced from their residence and business.
One of the oldest homes in Milford, The Towers is easily recognizable to visitors and residents of the town. Home to a bed and breakfast inn, the large home stands on the corner of Northwest Front and North Streets in Milford. The home represents the gingerbread romanticism that existed in the 1880’s. The Towers has been under the ownership of famous Milfordians including John Lofland and Governor William Burton and is now owned by Dan and Rhoda Bond.