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Eldersburg Safeway reopens after fire

Eldersburg Safeway reopens after fire

The Safeway in Eldersburg is open after a fire temporarily closed the store Wednesday evening, with some produce the only casualty.

The grocery store in the 1300 block of Londontowne Boulevard reopened Wednesday night after the Carroll County Health Department deemed it safe, said Bruce Bouch, a deputy state fire marshal. There were no injuries, but the fire caused $50,000 worth of structure damage and $150,000 worth of content damage, according to the news release from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

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A dumpster fire around 5 p.m. extended to the building, causing exterior damage to the store's loading bay and minor heat damage inside its storage area, Bill Rehkopf, a spokesman with the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department, said Wednesday. The fire didn't enter the building, but smoke did and contaminated some of the produce kept in the storage area. The Health Department told the store to throw it out, Bouch said.

The fire marshal's office is still investigating the cause of the fire, he said.

The fire took approximately 30 minutes to control, with 30 firefighters from Sykesville, Gamber, Winfield, West Friendship and Randallstown fire departments responding, according to the fire marshal's news release.

Rehkopf said Wednesday that the fire was put out minutes after firefighters responded, but it was not declared out until they confirmed that there was no evidence of flames.

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