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Thurmont, Md., feed warehouse damaged by fire

April 15, 2002|BY JULIE E. GREENE

THURMONT - At least 70 firefighters were at a two-alarm fire at a feed warehouse near downtown Thurmont on Friday night, a Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co. official said.

The 6:38 p.m. fire was under control by 8:45 p.m., but there were still hot spots in Thurmont Cooperative Inc.'s wooden warehouse at 36 Walnut St., Smithsburg Deputy Fire Chief Steve Lewis said.

Firefighters were told to exit the warehouse because a grain chute coming through the roof was starting to lean, Lewis said. Fire officials were attempting to get a crane in to stabilize the chute.

Fifteen to 20 fire companies were called to the blaze, including companies from Frederick County, Md., Washington County, Carroll County, Md., Franklin County, Pa., and Adams County, Pa., according to Frederick County Emergency Services.

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No one was reported injured as of late Friday night.

Fire hydrants were accessible, but the blaze was so serious tanker trucks also were used, Lewis said. Smithsburg took its tanker truck.

Lewis said by the time his company arrived there was no visible blaze outside, but firefighters were still working inside.

A state fire marshal was called to the scene.

- Julie E. Greene, staff writer

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