Electrical fire closes Eldersburg Martin's

An electrical fire at the Martin's grocery store in Eldersburg Wednesday morning is expected to close the store for a couple of days.

The two-alarm fire, reported at 8:55 a.m., caused the store to be evacuated, but no employees or customers were injured, according to Brett Pearce, Deputy Chief of the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department.

Pearce said the fire and smoke caused a "large amount" of damage within the store, which includes destroying the store's entire electrical system. Officials placed the damages at an estimated $100,000.

He said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

A total of 60 firefighters responded to the fire, which took about 45 minutes to be contained, according to Pearce.

He said one firefighter was taken to the Carroll Hospital Center due to heat exhaustion.

The power to Martin's has been shut off and it could be a day or two before it reopens, Pearce said.

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