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Firefighters battle Jessup liquor store blaze

Firefighters battled heavy flames at a liquor store blaze in Jessup early Monday, a county fire spokeswoman said.

No injuries were reported in the predawn fire at Mel's Liquors, spokeswoman Jackie Cutler said.

Firefighters called to the store in the 7900 block of Waterloo Road just after 4:30 a.m. arrived to find heavy flames and smoke, Cutler said. They brought the fire under control in 10 minutes and extinguished it completely within an hour, she said.

Twenty-nine county firefighters and paramedics responded to the call, as did Howard County police, BG&E; and firefighters from neighboring Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties.

Waterloo Road was closed from Dorsey Run Road to Oceano Avenue for about two hours, but has since reopened, Cutler said. Crews remained on the scene to ensure that no hot spots remained in the building.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire, Cutler said.

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