Cause is sought for 2-alarm fire at restaurant Blaze also damaged pair of nearby stores

April 17, 1996|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire yesterday that damaged a Chinese restaurant in the 1900 block of West St., Annapolis Fire Department officials said.

Firefighters responding to the 2: 18 a.m. call found Mr. Wang's Hunan Restaurant engulfed in flames and smoke, said Capt. Leonard A. Clark, a department spokesman.

A second alarm sounded about 15 minutes later.

The fire, which started in a rear storage area in the restaurant's kitchen, caused $40,000 damage to the restaurant.

It also caused an undetermined amount of damage to two nearby stores, Carpet Queen Inc. and the Nail Works salon, Captain Clark said.

Five engines, two ladder trucks and two paramedic units -- and more than 40 city, county and Naval Academy firefighters were on the scene.

The fire was brought under control by 3: 05 a.m.

No one was injured.

Investigators sifted through debris until 6: 15 a.m.

Arson has not been ruled out as a possible cause of the fire, Captain Clark said.

The restaurant is expected to be closed for at least a week.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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