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Woman who reported car wash fire sought

February 05, 2007|by PEPPER BALLARD

SMITHSBURG - Maryland State Fire Marshals are asking a woman who reported a Thursday morning fire at a Smithsburg car wash to come forward, Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Allen Gosnell said.

Gosnell said fire marshals want to ask the woman about her observations when she reported the fire at the 77 W. Water St. car wash at 2:55 a.m.

"She did a good thing. She reported the fire early," Gosnell said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday, he said.

The car wash, a cinder block structure with five bays, sustained about $100,000 in damage, Gosnell said. Charles Suggs is the owner of the car wash, he said.

"It can be repaired. It lost the roof on two bays," Gosnell said. "They probably saved this man's business."

Nearly 40 firefighters from Smithsburg, Leitersburg, Mount Aetna, Boonsboro, Waynesboro, Pa., Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., and Frederick County, Md., took about an hour to extinguish the blaze, according to a press release from fire marshals.

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"They did a good job," Gosnell said. "They saved about 60 percent of the roof."

No other buildings were damaged by the fire, and no firefighter injuries were reported, Gosnell said.

Fire marshals are asking the woman who reported the fire to call them at 301-791-4758 or 1-877-890-0199.

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