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.


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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