Smoky fire in downtown Wilmington [photos]

For more than three hours Sunday afternoon, Wilmington Firefighters battle smoke and flames in a three story building in downtown Wilmington.

Firefighters first arrived just after 2 p.m. Sunday at a commercial building at 405 N. Market St. where they found heavy smoke coming from the building. Initially, fire crews started an aggressive effort to stop the flames inside the building, but due to concerns about the condition of the building and the heavy flames, firefighters were pulled out of the building.

More than 60 fire and EMS workers responded to the fire from Wilmington, New Castle County and surrounding departments. 

The fire was finally placed under control around 5:30 p.m. The building suffered heavy fire and smoke damage, so did buildings next to the scene. 

The Red Cross is helping five adults who were forced from their home by the fire. 

There’s no word yet on what caused the fire.

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