A two-alarm fire gutted Ross' Crab House in Dundalk on Sunday night, according to a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman.

An employee of the family-owned restaurant in the 1100 block of North Point Road noticed smoke coming from the basement about 7:25 p.m. and alerted five other employees and about 15 customers, who all evacuated the building, said Lt. Jay Ringgold, the spokesman.

A fire engine out of the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company that happened to be nearby responded almost immediately, and firefighters entered the building and found heavy fire in the basement that was hard to reach, Ringgold said.

"There was a lot of stock," Ringgold said. There were also gas cylinders in the basement, and crews did not know if they had exploded or not, he said.

About 7:40 p.m., firefighters retreated from the building and called in a second alarm, Ringgold said.

The fire was contained to the building but was widespread throughout the basement and the first floor, having caused pretty extensive damage, Ringgold said.

"The whole building is pretty much involved," he said.

The fire was still burning as of 9:45 p.m., and no cause had been determined, Ringgold said.

At least 60 firefighters were still fighting the fire with about 15 pieces of equipment on the scene, Ringgold said.

One firefighter from the Wise Avenue company was taken to a local emergency room because of an elevated blood pressure, Ringgold said.

There were no other reported injuries.

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