A man was killed after a fire ignited at the Super Lodge Motel on Del. Route 13 in Dover early Saturday morning.
The Dover Fire Department was dispatched for a smell of smoke at the hotel, located at 246 N. Dupont Highway, around 3:45 a.m. Saturday, officials from the Dover Fire Department said.
Firefighters, including Dover Fire Chief Patrick West, arrived on the scene within moments and found a single-story motel unit with heavy fire protruding from the building. According to fire department officials, engine crews experienced heavy fire conditions and rupturing oxygen cylinders, but was able to quickly get the fire under control and put it out.
In their search of the room where the fire originated, firefighters discovered one person, a man in his early 40s, who had succumbed to the conditions of the fire and was pronounced dead on the scene, officials said. The man's identity is being withheld until confirmation by next-of-kin, city officials said.
One person was transported to a local trauma center for smoke inhalation and 14 hotel guests were displaced by the fire, most of which were able to be relocated to an area of the motel not affected by the fire, officials said.
According to city officials, the blaze caused substantial fire damage to one of the motel units, and its neighboring rooms sustained smoke and water damage. In total, the fire caused $50,000 worth of damage, officials said.
The fire does not appear to be criminal in nature, but the City of Dover Fire Marshal's Office and the Dover Police Department is continuing to investigate the cause.
More information will be available following the release of the medical examiner's report and toxicology, officials said.