Newtown fire generates attention, slows traffic

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A smoky blaze Thursday  at the southern-most point of Newtown generated a lot of attention and traffic problems through the heart of Salisbury.

The two-story multiple-occupancy building at 220 N. Division St. caught fire just before noon, according to the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

The all-wood structure, located just behind Trinity United Methodist Church, is owned by Edward Todd, officials said. Damage was estimated at more than $100,000.

Officials said a malfunction of a multi-plug adaptor in the living room of a second-floor apartment was the trigger for the blaze. A large number of personal items in the apartment was considered a factor in extinguishing the stubborn blaze, which firefighters battle for more than an hour.

Officials said it took 40 firefighters about one hour to put out the flames.

The two-alarm fire was initially discovered by a neighbor.

Lunch-hour traffic was slowed on Business Route 50.

Firefighters from Delmar, Hebron, Fruitland and Parsonsburg assisted the Salisbury units.

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