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Fire damages Smithsburg Auto Parts building

August 04, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • No injuries were reported from a fire Sunday morning that damaged a storage area and office for Smithsburg Auto Parts.
By Ric Dugan / Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — No injuries were reported from a fire Sunday morning that damaged a storage area and office for Smithsburg Auto Parts, Smithsburg Fire Chief Chris Rohrer said.

A Maryland State Fire Marshal was investigating the cause of the fire at the 5 W. Water St. shop, which is near Town Square, Rohrer said.

The fire was reported at 12:48 a.m. Sunday, according to Washington County Emergency Services.

Approximately 45 firefighters from Maryland and Pennsylvania responded to the fire, Rohrer said.

“The guys really saved the building,” Rohrer said.

“Everybody involved ... did an outstanding job. It could have been really bad,” Rohrer said.

Rohrer said that when he arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from all four corners of the concrete-block building’s second story.

No one was in the building and firefighters forced their way inside to put out two fires on the second floor and a third fire on the first floor, he said.

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Firefighters had the fire “knocked out” in about 45 minutes, meaning they had the obvious fires out and had begun ripping open walls and ceilings to see if the fire had spread, Rohrer said.

The fires burned through about a 10-foot section of the second floor, where auto parts stored and clerical items were stored, Rohrer said. The auto parts included mufflers and tires, but no tires caught on fire, he said.

There was minimal damage, mostly smoke and a little burn damage, to a first-floor office area, Rohrer said.

The attached multivehicle garage was OK and no hazardous materials caught fire, Rohrer said.

In addition to the Smithsburg fire company, fire companies from Long Meadow, Leitersburg, Mount Aetna, Boonsboro and Waynesboro, Pa., responded, Roher said. Also responding were Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services, Community Rescue Service, the Washington County Rehab Unit and the Washington County Air Unit, he said.

Firefighters left the scene around 3:45 a.m., Rohrer said.

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