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Fire empties Super PharMor

damage kept to rear building

August 05, 2000

Fire empties Super PharMor; damage kept to rear building



By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer


An electrical fire of unknown origin caused an evacuation of the Super PharMor store in the South End Shopping Center on Maryland Avenue Saturday night.

Hagerstown firefighters received a call from the store at 8:11 p.m. and arrived at 8:13 p.m., said Hagerstown Fire Captain Brian Pile.

The problem was a large electric fire, he said.

There were no injuries, he said.

Firefighters managed to contain the fire to a building attached to the store so nothing in the store was damaged, he said. Wires, a four-inch conductor, the glass meter box and a panel box were melted in the blaze.

The room with the fire controlled the power for the entire building complex, Pile said.

He did not have a financial estimate of the damages.

The fire had the potential to cause much more serious damage, he said. Officials decided to evacuate the building to avoid any problems.

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It is unknown what caused the fire, Pile said.

Allegheny Energy was being called to the scene Saturday night to aid in the investigation of the fire, he said.

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