Three families were displaced after a fire damaged their Townsend apartment building Friday.
At around 2 p.m. Jan. 4, multiple fire companies responded to the building at 201 Main Street in Townsend.
The Townsend Fire Company, which was first to arrive, reported heavy smoke coming from the apartment building.
The three-story building is now boarded up.
Motorists driving through town were diverted during the working fire.
The Middletown and Odessa Fire Companies arrived and assisted Townsend, and eight additional companies were also alerted.
Paramedics from New Castle and Kent Counties were also on scene.
According to the Middletown Volunteer Hose Company, the blaze was placed under control after a short while and all unit returned to their stations.
The American Red Cross Delmarva Region is assisting the three families who lost their homes.
In all, six adults were displaced.
The Red Cross met with each family to assess their needs.
Spokeswoman Christine Maiese said that assistance includes a safe place to stay, clothing, food, and comfort kits.