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Fire Destroys Historic House Dating From 1690's

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 20, 2007 in Lifestyle
A house dating from 1690 has been heavily damaged by fire.
On Saturday night, a 2-alarm blaze destroyed a historic house dating back to 1690 in New Castle, Delaware.
Firefighters reponsded to the blaze aroung 5:30 pm at the Hermitage House only to find that the house was fully ablaze. When they arrived, heavy smoke was billowing out of the structure and the fire was quickly upgraded to a second alarm.
The firemen were unable to stop extensive damage from happening to the historic home which was once the estate of U.S. Senator Nicholas Van Dyke.
The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bruce Dalleo, executive director of the New Castle Historical Society, says "If it's lost, it would be a terrible shame."
Two firemen were injured while battling the fire, and were taken to hospital for treatment.
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