Two-alarm Fire Damages Brooklyn Park Building

Other Blazes Destroy Barn, Beach Cottage

March 02, 1992|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff writer

A two-alarm fire Saturday afternoon damaged a single-story building that used be home to a Brooklyn Park trucking company that hauled chemicals.

The fire was one of three in the county Saturday. A barn in Davidsonville and a beach cottage in Point Pleasant were destroyed by fire Saturday morning.

The Brooklyn Park fire broke out about 1:37 p.m. and took 41 firefighters more than two hours to bring under control. No injuries werereported.

The Matlock Trucking Company moved out of its garage and office building on 10th Avenue and Belle Grove Road three years ago, but fire officials were concerned about any chemical residue washing into storm drains.

"We knew the prior history of the yard," saidCapt. Gary Sheckells, county fire spokesman.

"We were concerned that the water we used would create a contaminated runoff."

The state Department of the Environment and the county fire department's hazardous materials unit responded to the scene, but no contamination was found.

"No one was evacuated, and no one in the community was ever in any harm," Sheckells said.

The spokesman said the company's three underground storage tanks had been removed when the company left. The containers stored runoff from when workers cleaned the insidesof their trucks, preparing them for another job.

The fire, which gutted the wooden interior of the cinder-block building, is listed assuspicious. No damage estimate was available Saturday.

In Point Pleasant, fire destroyed an unoccupied beach cottage on Marley Avenue Saturday morning.

Sheckells said the fire department got the call at 6:53 and had the blaze under control by 7:20. No injuries were reported.

The damage to the cottage was estimated at $50,000, and thedamage to the contents was $15,000. The cause of the fire has not been determined, Sheckells said.

A fire in a vacant barn in Davidsonville at 3:35 a.m. Saturday was deliberately set, Sheckells said.

The fire at the former Chapman Farm on Riedel Road destroyed the wooden barn but caused no injuries.

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