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State fire investigators probe two Carroll County blazes


The state fire marshal's office is investigating a Monday night storage room fire at Hahn's of Westminster that brought some 40 firefighters from five Carroll fire companies.

The fire was contained to a 15-by-50-foot room used by the company to store boxes at its pork-processing company on Hahn Road, said Bob Thomas, deputy state fire marshal. Mr. Thomas said the blaze caused an estimated $5,000 in property damage.

He said one of four people working the night shift at the company reported the fire shortly before midnight Monday. Firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley, Manchester and Lineboro had the fire under control in a half-hour.

Samantha Redmer, a secretary at the plant, said the fire has not affected business.

A fire earlier Monday destroyed Jack's Refinishing, a 40-by-70-foot wooden building in the 5400 block of Buffalo Road in Mount Airy, and caused an estimated $40,000 in structural damage.

Four people were inside when the fire broke out near a machine used in refinishing.

Besides various local fire companies, the U.S. Army hazardous material unit from Fort Detrick in Frederick County responded to clean up lacquer and thinners.

There was no assessment available for damage, fire officials said.

Mr. Thomas said his office is still investigating the cause of both fires.

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