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Forest Hill gas station damaged after dirt bike crashes into building

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A Forest Hill gas station suffered extensive fire damage after a dirt bike crashed into the building, fire investigators and the Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company said.

The fire at Forest Hill Exxon, at 2000 Rock Spring Road, was reported at 11:19 p.m., according to a notice of investigation from the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office, which said the building was closed at the time.

On its Facebook page, the Bel Air VFC posted: "A dirt bike crashed into the building, catching fire and the fire then extended inside. Damage is estimated at $50,000. The fire was placed under control in less than 5 minutes. There were no injuries."

According to the Fire Marshal's Office, in addition to the $50,000 in damages to the structure, there was an additional $5,000 damage to the contents.

Fire investigators said Friday morning they had not identified the owner of the Renthal MGX that caused the fire.

About 50 firefighters responded from Bel Air and Jarrettsville volunteer companies, according to the Fire Marshal's Office, which said the fire was discovered by a passerby.

Although the Fire Marshal's Office said the building caught fire as a result of the bike first catching fire, other aspects of the incident remain under investigation.

"We are trying to determine if it was intentionally driven in," Deputy Oliver Alkire, an assistant spokesman for the State Fire Marshal, said Tuesday.

No arrests had been made and no suspects had been identified as of Tuesday, he said.

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