Fire rips through historic former mill site in Wilmington

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Posted: May 02, 2015 3:08 PM

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 (http://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.

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