The sprinkler system activated helping to limit any fire extension. Firefighters had the fire extinguished within 10 minutes of arrival. The store was evacuated and no injuries have been reported.
|Courtesy of Local News Service helicopter image|
Two airboats from Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services were utilized to assist with the heavy smoke removal. Units were starting to be released at around 4:45 pm.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. A preliminary fire loss is estimated at $500,000. Due to the amount of damage and all utilities being shut off by firefighters the store will not re-open for an extended period of time (days or weeks).
The following images were captured by County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor as he surveyed the fire ground.
Mark E. Brady
Prince George's County Fire/EMS