- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A huge fire tore through the historic former Bancroft Mills site along the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports (https://delonline.us/1AtZPwM ) firefighters arrived on the scene early Saturday morning to confront a fire that had engulfed the 19th-century three-story mill facility.

The blaze was put under control about four hours later, but not before the abandoned wooden building - the only structure in the Bancroft Mills complex owned by Delaware State Parks - burned to the ground.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a statement the structure burned after a “suspicious fire” started sometime Friday night. There were no injuries.

Bancroft Mills began manufactured textiles in 1831. It was nominated to the National Register of Historic Buildings in 1984.


Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com

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