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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Fire Damages Upper Marlboro Restaurant

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A longtime popular restaurant and liquor store sustained significant damage from a fire this morning.  Tuckers Restaurant, 9205 Marlboro Pike, in Upper Marlboro was built in 1969 and has been operating since then.  At around 3:30 am firefighters were alerted by a 911 caller reporting smoke coming from the roof.  The first arriving engine from the Forestville Fire/EMS Station #823 reported on the scene with heavy smoke showing.

Tuckers is a large 1-story strip that includes a liquor store, lounge and restaurant with carry out.  They are normally open from 7:00 am until 12 midnight.  Firefighters searched for the seat of the fire and initiated efforts to extinguish.  The majority of the fire was located in the attic/roof area which continued to extend rapidly and grow in intensity.  After 30 minutes of battling the fire all firefighters were evacuated from the building, as incident commanders feared a roof collapse was imminent.

Firefighters established an exterior attack on the fire using “master streams” providing a high volume of water from extended ladders high above the structure.

A 2nd and 3rd Alarms were sounded bringing additional firefighters, apparatus and support vehicles.  There were about 100 firefighters and medics on the scene and in a staging area.  Incident commanders reported the bulk of the fire was extinguished at 5:10 am.  No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and fire loss estimates are still being tabulated.