Wal­dorf busi­ness de­stroyed in ac­ci­den­tal week­end fire

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AN­DREW RICHARD­SON arichard­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @ An­drew_IndyNews

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.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WAL­DORF VOL­UN­TEER FIRE DEPART­MENT

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.

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