Savage auto shop destroyed in fire

A fire destroyed an auto body shop in Savage Sunday night, according to a news release from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

Fire and rescue units responded to the shop, located in the 8100 block of Jenmar Road, around 5 p.m. after callers reported seeing a large column of smoke.

Units arrived on the scene to find the 5,000-square-foot building fully engulfed in flames. Crews quickly began a defensive firefighting effort to extinguish the blaze, an attempt to reduce the risk of harm for the firefighters working to extinguish the fire, according to the release.

More than 60 firefighters were on the scene and the fire did not spread to an adjacent building.

The building and several vehicles inside were consumed by the flames and the department is attempting to determine the cause of the fire, according to the release.

There were no injuries reported and damage estimates are pending.

A small amount of auto repair chemicals, paints, solvents were reportedly stored in the building, but there was no release of hazardous materials as a result of the incident.

The fire was placed under control at approximately 5:35 p.m., according to the release.

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