Auto parts store at Kenwood center destroyed in fire


Sixty firefighters battled a blaze in the Kenwood Shopping Center last night that destroyed a Penn-Jersey auto parts store and damaged a neighboring video outlet, Baltimore County fire officials said.

Two firefighters were treated at Franklin Square Hospital Center, one for heat exposure and dehydration and the other for a dislocated left shoulder, officials said.

The fire, reported about 8:10 p.m., began in the Penn-Jersey store and was fueled by volatile automotive materials stored in the building, said Battalion Chief Ralph Nelson, spokesman for the fire department.

Firefighters said the roof of the automotive store collapsed. No one was in the building when the fire broke out, Chief Nelson said.

Heavy smoke damaged the nearby Video Explosion store, the spokesman said.

The fire was brought under control at about 10:30 p.m. The cause remains under investigation, Chief Nelson said.

"It's going to be a long-term cleanup process at this point," he said. "We won't be able to determine the cause until we get some of the mess cleaned up."

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