Waldorf business destroyed in accidental weekend fire
Fire marshals say a Latino grocery store in Waldorf was severely dam- aged by a devastating Christmas Day fire.
The store, Tienda Y Carniceria Los Compadres, caught fire sometime overnight and was discovered by passing motorists who reported smoke coming from the building during the early hours of Sunday, according to a report from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Around 1:51 a.m. on Sunday, 41 firefighters from the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department and the surrounding area responded to the grocery store located in the 2400 block of Crain Highway, authorities reported. After about 10 minutes battling the flames, the firefighters were able to get the blaze under control, but not before the structure and its contents suffered extensive damage. Fire marshals estimated the damages totaled $450,000, and noted that an adjacent business also sustained fire and water damage.
After conducting an investigation, authorities have determined the fire was accidental, caused by a malfunctioning fluorescent light above the entrance of the building, according to fire marshals. No one was reported to be injured.
Firefighters from the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department outside Tienda Y Carniceria Los Compadres, a Latino grocery store in Waldorf, after extinguishing the fire that caused an estimated $450,000 in damages.